Countryside Stewardship Application Accepted!

It was with great relief when I opened the envelope from Natural England and read that the farm's application for a new higher tier countryside stewardship scheme has been successful. It will begin in January next year and go through until December 2022. For our farm, conservation management is not only important for the wildlife … Continue reading Countryside Stewardship Application Accepted!

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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

Wild Voices Podcast – Biodiversity & Beer (with me, Pete Cooper and Matt Williams)

A few weeks ago my good friend Matt Williams asked me to take part in a special episode of his podcast the Wild Voices Project, recording my thoughts on a host of different issues alongside another good mutual friend, conservationist and mammal specialist, Pete Cooper. I'm a big fan of Matt's podcast, was thrilled to … Continue reading Wild Voices Podcast – Biodiversity & Beer (with me, Pete Cooper and Matt Williams)

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

Little auk at the Naze (wild Essex)

We kept our heads down as we battled the wind on our way up to Stone Point, albeit occasionally stopping to gaze through binoculars at passing curlew or oystercatcher in flight or little sanderling running about on the beachline, joined in their never-ending task by chestnutty turnstone. The walk to the Stone is one that … Continue reading Little auk at the Naze (wild Essex)

Don’t sit by; work with farmers to help birds.

If you want to understand a subject you must learn to see it from different perspectives. This is particularly true of land use, a topic in which there are as many viewpoints as you can possibly imagine. It's why I am trying (and there's a lifetime ahead to learn) to understand both farming and conservation … Continue reading Don’t sit by; work with farmers to help birds.

Book Review: ‘Wild Kingdom’ by Stephen Moss

Few nature writers today offer a writing style that is quite as approachable as Stephen Moss. His writing lifts you into his direct experience and thought space in a manner that avoids preaching and pretentious language, often a danger in this area, instead offering storytelling that is accessible, humorous and a joy to read. Wild … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Wild Kingdom’ by Stephen Moss

A Nightingale Walk

There is a certain magical tone to the voice of a nightingale, that can only be truly known when directly experienced. The joyful variety of its song (although some would say melancholic), of overwhelming amplitude given its small size, dominates the audiosphere of those places fortunate enough to play host to this melodious passerine. On … Continue reading A Nightingale Walk