Book Review – The Forager’s Calendar – by John Wright

Foraging is a pastime like no other, although it combines the joys of several outdoor activities. It provides an opportunity to learn and promises delicious results, so long as one knows what to do with the collected spoils on return to the kitchen. John Wright's The Forager's Calendar is a fairly comprehensive account and handbook for … Continue reading Book Review – The Forager’s Calendar – by John Wright

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Spotlight on…the Nature Friendly Farming Network

There are many organisations doing important work in rural areas, bringing people together, providing support and improving the state of nature. 'Spotlight on...' profiles some of these. The Nature Friendly Farming Network is a farmer led, grass roots organisation which profiles a way of farming that puts nature and the environment at its heart. Very few … Continue reading Spotlight on…the Nature Friendly Farming Network

Book Review -The Wild Remedy by Emma Mitchell

Gritty, honest, lump-in-throat-inducing, sobering. The Wild Remedy is one of the most powerful personal accounts of a struggle with depression that I have read, and a signal to all of us of the power and importance of the natural world in alleviating times of great personal struggle. Emma Mitchell’s words strike a chord that induces … Continue reading Book Review -The Wild Remedy by Emma Mitchell

Book Review: The Light in the Dark – A Winter Journal – by Horatio Clare

It's not often that I leave a book with a lump in my throat but that's the case with Horatio Clare's recent journal The Light in the Dark. Brutally honest and emotionally harrowing Clare cuts to the heart of what it means to live with a mental health condition but also shows how the natural world … Continue reading Book Review: The Light in the Dark – A Winter Journal – by Horatio Clare

An art project to make cities greener

Make 100 Trees is the latest project by London-based designer and artist Margarita Mitrovic. The concept of the project is to make 100 artworks of trees, which will directly fund the planting of 100 real trees. By depicting each tree in a different style and technique, the artist aims to demonstrate their uniqueness, individuality and … Continue reading An art project to make cities greener

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

Blue Planet 2: The Unique Marketing Opportunity for Nature

Yesterday evening I scanned my twitter feed with a smile on my face as I read through the hundreds, probably thousands of tweets in response to the final episode of the BBC's  Blue Planet 2. https://twitter.com/Amelia_Womack/status/939987884043628544 https://twitter.com/jonoread/status/939955913141706753 https://twitter.com/stephenfry/status/939955382822232064 https://twitter.com/Helbell13/status/939966318538870786 https://twitter.com/davetherave_23/status/939959963463700480 It seemed that in a single evening the BBC had managed to engage more people … Continue reading Blue Planet 2: The Unique Marketing Opportunity for Nature

The Next Generation of farmers and naturalists talking together

Fifteen months ago an idea came into my head. Wouldn't it be brilliant if some of the young farmers and conservationists who are just starting out in their careers could come together at an event to learn from each other, talk with each other and build connections. After all, as individual organisations and networks Young … Continue reading The Next Generation of farmers and naturalists talking together