Today I began the first of what will be many bramble bashing (or should that be obliterating) sessions throughout the autumn/winter as I try to get on top of the scrub encroaching on some of the farm’s stewardship plots. The sky seemed to be missing today, a great grey and white canvas only intermittently markedContinue reading “Autumn”

Rewilding – still learning

It’s now a few years since I came across the concept of ‘rewilding’ and read George Monbiot’s Feral, far from the first book to tackle the subject, but perhaps the one that holds the crown for popularising it to such an extent and garnering a more established ‘movement’ of rewilding within conservation circles. Over that same periodContinue reading “Rewilding – still learning”

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 conservationContinue reading “Don’t sit by; work with farmers to help birds.”

How Would Agriculture in the UK Change if the Lynx were Introduced? – Guest post by Emily Folk

The impacts on agriculture in the UK from introducing a new predator have yet to be determined. As humans, we have made huge impacts on this world—some of them good, and some of them bad. With the growth of our population and the need to feed those people, we have developed technologies and techniques thatContinue reading “How Would Agriculture in the UK Change if the Lynx were Introduced? – Guest post by Emily Folk”

My First Red Squirrel (at long last)

Instead of making new year’s resolutions this year I made a list of several things that I wanted to do or achieve during the course of the year. I won’t bore you with all of them, but I’m steadily working my way through the list. Near the top was an ambition I’ve had for years:Continue reading “My First Red Squirrel (at long last)”