Another Super Year for A Focus on Nature

This piece was originally posted on the blog for A Focus on Nature (AFON), the UK's largest and most vibrant youth conservation movement. You can find the original here. This year, I have been fortunate to have served on the committee which has led on AFON's 2015 campaign - 'Vision for Nature'. The Vision for … Continue reading Another Super Year for A Focus on Nature

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The Wildwood of my Imagination

This afternoon I went for a walk at Weeleyhall wood, an eighty seven acre ancient woodland in north Essex, owned by Essex Wildlife Trust. It was quiet and peaceful, apart from the odd rumble from a car on the road about four hundred metres to the south. For a Sunday afternoon I met remarkably few … Continue reading The Wildwood of my Imagination

Winter – time of the dead? Not at all – time of the quiet more like!

As I head off for my Boxing Day walk – a tradition for many people in the UK – I will be keeping this great little blog post by Dawood Qureshi in mind. I am spending my Christmas period with my family in north Essex – a completely different landscape to the hills of the Cotswolds that have been my home since September and the varied landscape of the hills, levels, woodlands and riverscape of the Bristol area where I also spend much of my time. Winter is perhaps my favourite time of year at Hamford Water, which our farm borders on to. Flocks of Dark Bellied Brent Geese join hundreds of other waders and waterfowl. This is an area where the summer brings hundreds of tourists but I often wonder why the winter doesn’t attract nearly as many for the wildlife spectacles we are rewarded with. I hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you the very best for the new year.

Heart of wild

Walking in short strides through the dense throng of bare, shivering trees. The whispery crunch of crystal coated leaves underfoot, my heavy boots pressing into the frosty, leaf littered ground and leaving a trail of shallow imprints in the cold, tough soil.Clenched hands pushed into the depths of my pockets, my rough fingers stretching to seek the warmth – I slowly raise my head to a cloudless sky, breath leaving my body in clouds of warm steam as I trudge through the birth of what could be a winter wildlife wonderland.

And I have yet again managed to execute an over exaggerated, highly dramatised entry into yet another article. But apart from that it is just as I have described- a winter wildlife wonderland is teetering on the edge of the great cliff of time (that basically means it might snow…) but most of the people I speak to when…

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Paris and Ice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjTsj-fi-p0 There have been many attempts to summarise the events that have taken place at the climate talks in Paris in recent weeks so this post will not attempt to do this yet again. For those interested I suggest you visit this link. Instead, I want to draw attention to the work of the scientists … Continue reading Paris and Ice

Why bother understanding the historic environment?

The historic environment combines two of my passions a passion for the outdoors, the natural world, urban and rural spaces and how people interact with them. a passion for the past, for past lives, the archive and historic complexity. It is perhaps therefore no surprise that I am personally drawn to the ‘historic environment’. But … Continue reading Why bother understanding the historic environment?