Looking back on 2016

2016 has been a game-changing year. Next year we will face the real consequences of the political decisions made by the majority of people in Britain and the United States this year, as Brexit and the inauguration of President Trump actually happen. When it comes to the environment and climate change policy, we are still … Continue reading Looking back on 2016

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Book Review: ‘The Dirty Life’ by Kristin Kimball

When you set out in your early adult life it is tempting to establish goals or to second guess the direction in which your life might head. It seems that, for my generation, we expect or are expected to be high achievers in every 'area' of life - career, relationships and gaining that apparently oh … Continue reading Book Review: ‘The Dirty Life’ by Kristin Kimball

”And A Partridge in a Pear Tree”…but how are the birds really doing?

One of the most famous festive carols has to be 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', in which a very fortunate person is gifted some extraordinary things, ranging from nine ladies dancing to five gold rings and twelve drummers drumming. Within this list of generosity are a number of birds, but if someone was actually trying … Continue reading ”And A Partridge in a Pear Tree”…but how are the birds really doing?

Why do people kiss under mistletoe?

Kissing under the mistletoe has become a core Christmas tradition in Britain and if you find yourself standing underneath a sprig with somebody else over the festive period you should prepare for them to lean forward for a kiss. However, how did it all come about? Why do we feel compelled to have a peck on … Continue reading Why do people kiss under mistletoe?

‘Meet the Farmers’ Episode 2. Elm Tree Farm

Elm Tree Farm is a care farm and social enterprise located in Stapleton near Bristol and has been run by Brandon Trust since 2000. The farm is 47 acres in size and the farm team run a market garden as well as keeping a small number of beef cattle, pigs, chickens and ducks. Over 50 people with … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ Episode 2. Elm Tree Farm

Google Earth Engine: Evidence of Our Impact on the World

This evening, whilst having dinner with some friends, the remarkable technological historical source that is Google Earth was mentioned. It is an amazing record of our times and charts the impact that human beings have had on this planet over a relatively short time span (roughly 30 years). The record is made up of over … Continue reading Google Earth Engine: Evidence of Our Impact on the World

David Attenborough’s message to the world in Planet Earth II

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8aFcHFu8QM Yesterday evening, I and millions of others watched the finale of Planet Earth II, the latest masterpiece to come out of the BBC's natural history unit. The subject focus was on cities and urban spaces and it was incredible to watch the ingenuity of many species which have adapted to this new human influenced environment. Despite the … Continue reading David Attenborough’s message to the world in Planet Earth II

A Farming and Conservation Partnership Success Story: The Cirl Bunting

According to the State of Nature report released earlier this year 12 out of the 26 breeding farmland birds are red listed (the highest category of risk of further decline or even extinction). Since 1970 the number of farmland birds has declined by 54%. Although it must be mentioned that since the early 1990s, when conservation … Continue reading A Farming and Conservation Partnership Success Story: The Cirl Bunting

Why do we (or at least most of us) eat turkey at Christmas?

Apologies to the vegetarians amongst you, but this post focuses on a bird that has dominated dining tables at Christmas for decades. Why are Brits so obsessed with eating turkey on Christmas Day when it is rarely eaten at other times of the year? According to YouGov, families in Britain spent an average of £796 … Continue reading Why do we (or at least most of us) eat turkey at Christmas?