My blog

This is where I share updates on my writing and conservation work, thoughts on topical conservation issues, and news about nature and the artists who are inspired by it.  Sometimes I blog about other stuff, too.

Connecting with the River

A few miles from where I live in West Yorkshire, the River Holme connects people, places, history and nature from...

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A brief return to India

In my new role as an in-house writer for the RSPB's Species Recovery Unit, I returned to India to research the catastrophic crash in vultures, meeting two key figures in the story.

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Recent writings

Whether it's a brief view of a woodcock against the sunset, or a hundred years of conservation effort, writing up some stories from the field has been keeping me busy.

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Vulture Awareness Day

September 3rd is Vulture Awareness Day, and raising awareness of the plight of these critically endangered birds has never been...

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The Lark Descending

On 29 May, BBC Radio 3’s Sunday evening celebration of all things sonic Between the Ears presents a programme titled The Lark Descending. Presented by Lucy Hodson, it takes the much-loved song of the skylark, and Vaughan Williams’s much-loved orchestral paean to the bird, and places them in their 21st century context. The programme airs a newly commissioned piece by Hinako Omori and includes a contribution from me.

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The RSPB 50 years on

One day this week I reached a personal milestone, and the following day I reached another. On 31 January, after...

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E.O. Wilson (10 June 1929 – 26 December 2021)

Edward O. Wilson was an influencer in the true sense - someone whose ideas and ability to communicate them will be valued for decades to come.

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On the road again

At last, the diary has started filling up with real live events and real live audiences. The variety of gigs I have booked this autumn is greater than ever.

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Aarey Forest – victory for art, music and rhythm?

This week, an obscure institution known as the Aarey Dairy Development Corporation handed over 812 acres of forested land wedged between inner-city Mumbai and the hills of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) to the state forest department. If it was not the end of the battle to save Mumbai’s ‘green lung’, it may at least be the beginning of the end.

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The countdown has begun… [updated]

With five months to go before the most important wildlife summit in history, Secretary of State for the Environment George Eustice has signalled his intent, announcing ambitious-sounding plans to restore biodiversity, making it illegal to fail. EXCEPT ....

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