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.

My next book

I am pleased to confirm details of my forthcoming book, to be launched in the autumn

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Letters from Gilbert: 3

On this day in 1771 Gilbert White, whose 300th anniversary we celebrate this year, was thinking about migration. Exactly 245 years later I visited his home on my own spring journey.

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Letters from Gilbert: 2

Gilbert White was the first modern nature writer, and his studies of less well-known species like the field cricket leave a lasting legacy.

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Letters from Gilbert: 1

Gilbert White’s The Natural History of Selborne takes the form of 110 letters, 66 of which were addressed to Daines...

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Gilbert White 2020

It is Gilbert White's tercentenary year in 2020.

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Oktoberfeste

I'm looking forward to speaking at three very different festivals coming up in October.

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New talks added

My talks page has been updated with details of events scheduled for this autumn and winter, and into spring next year.

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Sounds wonderful

From an insect whose courtship song suffuses the heathland soundscape, to a bird which has inspired more classical and romantic writing than any other, June looks like being a song-filled month.

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Dream of the Field Cricket

For an insect that spends almost all of its time underground, the field cricket has an elusive charisma, on account of its evocative 'song'. A unique event will celebrate this miniature sound-maker.

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PLACE

On Saturday 6th April I will be speaking a conference along with other conservationists presenting personal views of the changing nature of conservation. I will argue that we need radical change, because our current conservation model isn't working.

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