As already suggested on several occasions on this we are fortunate in Bristol to have a number of green spaces in the city in which one can escape the concrete jungle and spend some time within a softer, greener atmosphere. Royal Fort Gardens at the University of Bristol is one such place, usually the preserve … Continue reading ’20 Days Wild’ – Days 16 and 17: Blaise Castle and Royal Fort
From day 14 to day 15 of my 20 days wild, the political landscape in the UK changed beyond recognition. In anticipation of what was clearly going to be a close result I went, on Thursday (day 14), to Brandon Hill, one of several green escape patches in the middle of Bristol, where I could think, … Continue reading ’20 Days Wild’ – Days 14 and 15: Contemplating Brexit
Cornwall, with a population of 530,000 people, received more than €654m from Brussels during the EU’s 2007 to 2013 budget cycle. This is more than the West Midlands and the East of England combined. Up until Brexit it was set to receive at least another €600m between now and 2020, that's €1,209 per person. This is a county in which … Continue reading The curious case of Cornwall: why did the Cornish vote for Brexit?
Whilst I will post my response to Britain Brexiting the EU shortly, here is an article from Miles King which reflects many of my own thoughts and feelings. Ultimately, it will be the poorest in our society who will suffer most from this result. Brexit has generated division and bitterness. At the same time there … Continue reading The EU Referendum: Turkeys have voted for Christmas
The last few days have been fairly frantic as I have been in the process in that oh so enjoyable of tasks - moving house. It has therefore involved a lot of traveling in various forms. Nonetheless, it has reminded me how, even if your day to day life seems excessively busy, there is still … Continue reading ’20 Days Wild’ – Days 11,12 and 13
I am currently doing some broad research for a book proposal I am putting together. Days 9 and 10 of my '20 days wild' therefore involved returning to a book I read last year, which was perhaps one of the most prominent of nature publications in 2015. The book is by Tony Juniper and is … Continue reading ’20 Days Wild’ – days 9&10
Who ever said slugs are ugly?! Here's a picture of a rather wonderfully patterned leopard slug (Limax maximus) spotted in the garden on Saturday (photo credit Holly Betts on my camera). Also known as the great grey slug.
Days six and seven of my '20 days wild' experience were spent experiencing the same place through two completely different channels, one of which did not actually involve going outdoors. One of the projects I am working on currently is based at the National Trust's Holnicote Estate in West Somerset. The estate marks the northern … Continue reading ’20 Days Wild’ – days 6&7 – Exmoor
Perhaps not the wildest experience of all time but these two made me laugh. I'm not sure when they arrived but they seem to have become resident at Bellevue in Clifton, having been at this very spot every day for the past week or so. Sometimes, it's about recognising the simplicity of 'everyday' nature and … Continue reading ’20 Days Wild’ – Day 5
Unfortunately my phone camera has failed on me so the photos I took of various plants on Bristol harbourside yesterday as part of my fourth day of '20 Days Wild' are gone forever (or at least beyond my capacities as a technologist to resuscitate them). My record will therefore have to suffice from my memory … Continue reading ‘Day 4’ of 20 Days Wild