SCOTLAND: The Big Picture is a team of media professionals - photographers, filmmakers, writers and designers – fusing ecological science with visual storytelling to amplify the case for a wilder Scotland. Though undoubtedly spectacular, Scotland is an ecological shadow of its former self. Its turbulent past has shaped its wild places like few other countries … Continue reading The Red Squirrel: A Future in the Forest – Guest post by Peter Cairns and Neil McIntyre
Carl Safina is an author and conservationist. He was the first Professor for Nature and Humanity to be endowed at Stony Brook University in New York, where he co-chairs the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and runs the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the PBS series Saving the Ocean. His writing has appeared in The New … Continue reading ‘An Excerpt from Beyond Words’ – Guest blog by Carl Safina
On Friday night I was incredibly proud to attend the UK Blog Awards (and shocked to be awarded a highly commended as a runner-up in the green and eco category). It was a wonderfully optimistic evening with a plethora of writing and influencer talent being celebrated and blogging sectors as diverse as education and automobiles … Continue reading Who really is ‘the party for young people’?
The UN conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm in 1972 raised awareness of the negative effects of industrial development on agriculture. Standardization of production systems damages the genetic heritage of a number of species. One of the most endangered species is the dark bee (Apis mellifera) which plays a paramount role in biosphere … Continue reading Bee biodiversity for better human well-being – Guest Post by Marvin Delany
There I was thinking that the most exciting election on the horizon was going to be across the channel...and then Theresa May made her shock announcement. In 49 days time the British people will go to the polls to voice their opinion once again on, let's face it, the one issue that is, rightly or … Continue reading Back to the ballot box…here we go again
It is a time of immense uncertainty. The risk of a nuclear calamity seems closer than at any time since the end of the Cold War and, at home, Brexit seems to influence every personal decision, every plan for the future. It is easy to feel helpless during such times, as world leaders play out their own lives … Continue reading At times of uncertainty, do some gardening
I have certain friends who are a) good storytellers and b) seem to get into situations that led themselves to good stories. There are many aspects to what makes a good storyteller, but for the best voices it is often difficult to pin down what makes them so successful. For me, a good storyteller must … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Not a Perfect Fit: Stories from Jane’s World’ by Jane A Schmidt
There are times when the only way to get your message across is through a channel that’s familiar to your audience. Considering that having a smartphone is the norm in most cities, it’s logical to use this medium to spread awareness about abstract concepts like nature conservation. It might sound ironic, given that man’s tech … Continue reading Teaching Nature Conservation through Apps
Tim May farms around 1000ha in north Hampshire. He is a Nuffield Scholar and we spoke at length about sustainability, the subject he focused on during his travels. He is an advocate of 'enterprise stacking', using the same piece of land for many different enterprises.
Some of you might have read the 'Dairy is Scary' piece published in the Guardian's opinion section last week. It was incredibly polarising and quite understandably angered many, including myself. There are always two sides to every coin and good journalism should I feel take both into account. I understand that this was an opinion … Continue reading In defence of farmers