Photography in the Countryside (Rural Photography) – Guest post by Max Therry

Exploring the countryside can bring some truly fantastic photographic opportunities. Rural settings are bursting with life, natural features and an explosion of vibrant colour. If you enjoy photography, consider heading out into the great outdoors and letting the countryside inspire you! Whilst urban landscapes and cities provide uniformity and harsh lines; the countryside can provide … Continue reading Photography in the Countryside (Rural Photography) – Guest post by Max Therry

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BTO Wetland Bird Survey January

At the end of last year I began volunteering alongside a local birder for the monthly BTO wetland bird survey. Our patch, which runs around our farm at the Naze, covers a roughly 7 mile walk around the peninsula, trekking firstly up the beach alongside the salt marsh towards Stone Point and then back to … Continue reading BTO Wetland Bird Survey January

Countryside Stewardship field update

I promised that I would give you updates regarding progress of our higher tier countryside stewardship scheme which started a few weeks ago. It runs until December 2022 and we are receiving payment for undertaking works for conservation on the farm through Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy. The scheme consists of a range … Continue reading Countryside Stewardship field update

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Yesterday was Blue Monday, reputedly the most depressing day of the year. As you know mental health, particularly in a farming and countryside context, has been a topic that I keep returning to on thinkingcountry. It has gained a far bigger profile recently and more people seem to be talking about it than ever before, … Continue reading Seasonal Affective Disorder

Your Guide to an Eco Friendly Period – Guest post by Jackie Bolen

Here’s something that I wish I had known far, far sooner than I did… There are eco-friendly period options. Until my early 30’s, I didn’t realize that there were feminine hygiene options beyond disposable pads and tampons. I’m not sure why—maybe I was hanging around the wrong people, or maybe these products just weren’t as … Continue reading Your Guide to an Eco Friendly Period – Guest post by Jackie Bolen

The long awaited 25 Year Environment Plan

I've been stuck indoors today, struck down by flu yesterday. There are a lot of things going around at the moment, and I was being optimistic and hoping that I wouldn't catch anything this winter. Oh well! Hopefully I'm now over the worst of it but you never really can tell with these things. It … Continue reading The long awaited 25 Year Environment Plan

An Interview with Adam L. Canning

Recently I spoke to Adam Canning who is a naturalist and film maker from the West Midlands. Unlike your stereotypical conservationist Adam is a suburban Brummie from a working-class background. He is also openly gay. He has previously co-presented The Wild Side on Cambridge TV, with Jamie Wyver, and made two series of mini films … Continue reading An Interview with Adam L. Canning

Chestnut and clementine cake with chocolate orange icing

Big thanks again to Holly for putting together this delicious recipe. Apologies that we didn't have one for you in December but we figured you would have plenty of recipes on the go anyway! To find more of Holly's seasonal recipes click here. ....................................................... Happy New Year and what better way to start the new … Continue reading Chestnut and clementine cake with chocolate orange icing

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 13 – Oxford Real Farming Conference 2018

This special podcast episode was recorded at the Oxford Real Farming Conference last week. The podcast offers a flavour of this year's conference and includes interviews and short clips from sessions including the Q&A with Defra Secretary Michael Gove, led by Zac Goldsmith MP. Thank you to everybody who spoke to me including: Kath Dalmeny, Miles … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 13 – Oxford Real Farming Conference 2018