One of the most depressing things about conservation? How Middle-class it all is.

Great blog here from Peter Cooper discussing that big elephant in the room – how the conservation movement spends most of its time preaching to the converted and how it needs to find a way of reaching out to others outside of the older, white, middle class bracket.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get up to the New Networks for Nature conference – hopefully next year. At its heart it holds a superb ideal – that the natural environment inspires far more than practical conservationists and natural scientists but a whole host of creators, including poets, authors, scientists, film makers, visual artists, musicians…However, unfortunately it seems that this diverse group of people are not as diverse as it might first appear. ..read on.

Pete Cooper Wildlife

This past weekend saw me attending my third New Networks for Nature event in Stamford – essentially, a ‘relaxed’ conference that’s celebrates both the scientific and cultural aspects of nature in one.

I owe a lot to New Networks, especially given my first one back in 2012 was what launched me into youth network A Focus on Nature for the first time, which I am currently proud to sit on the committee for. But this year, I didn’t come away with the same ‘ooh, that was absolutely fab’ feeling as before. Don’t get me wrong, there were many great points, but others not so much I won’t bother rambling about them here though – bar one.

In the space of one coffee break, three people I’d never spoken to before all happened to approach me, and, as if they were fates sent to dictate the idea of my next blog…

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‘’Do UK Farmers need the EU?’’

The title of this post was the question of a debate I attended yesterday at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire. The Three Counties Farming Conference brought together George Eustice MP (Farming Minister at DEFRA), Stuart Agnew MEP (MEP for the East of England and UKIP’s agriculture spokesman), Mike Gooding (Managing Director of FAI … Continue reading ‘’Do UK Farmers need the EU?’’

Do Wildlife TV shows help or hinder the conservation movement?

On Friday, the Guardian published an article by Emma Howard which pondered the real value of nature programmes such as Springwatch and Autumnwatch in terms of their impact on practical conservation efforts. Martin Hughes-Games, presenter of the BBC’s Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch series, recently told the Guardian during an interview that such programmes created: “a form … Continue reading Do Wildlife TV shows help or hinder the conservation movement?

Don’t Panic! Hans Rosling on Population

The rising human population is one of those subjects that you will invariably hear an environmentalist discussing, often plotting a tale of inevitable woe. Population growth has implications for all sorts of sectors although, because of their direct role with the natural world, people working within or interested in the food, farming and conservation sectors … Continue reading Don’t Panic! Hans Rosling on Population