Book Review: ‘Strands’ by Jean Sprackland

In beachcombing, if we look closely enough, we find philosophy, history, art. The meditative, contemplative act of scanning the shoreline, enables discoveries of an alternative version of places that we think we know. Usually mundane objects become exotic if we choose to see them in such a way. To collect these items is timeless and … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Strands’ by Jean Sprackland

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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

Land Lines: finding the UK’s favourite book about nature

Many of you will already have heard about this inspired project from the Arts and Humanities Research Council encouraging Brits to nominate their favourite book about the natural world. Each nomination must be of a book 'by a UK-based writer or by an author who writes about the UK's landscape and/or wildlife', and the deadline for … Continue reading Land Lines: finding the UK’s favourite book about nature

Why such interest in the soil?

Bloggers can become slightly obsessed by statistics. For me they help to give you an idea of the kinds of topics that readers are interested in and it's always nice to know that more people are reading your work, but it stops at that. However, something I have found of great interest by looking at … Continue reading Why such interest in the soil?

How crucial are direct payments for farmers?

In a recent policy document the NFU has suggested that continuing direct payments (at least in the short-term) in a new British Agricultural Policy will be crucial to help farm businesses deal with volatility. Before I read the report I must admit that I had become convinced that withdrawing as much support as possible is … Continue reading How crucial are direct payments for farmers?

Book Review: ‘On the Marshes’ by Carol Donaldson

The marshlands of north Kent represent a pocket of isolation within a sea of growing urbanisation and economic ‘progress’. The call of the curlew cuts across the wide open landscape, interspersed with areas of scrub and gatherings of sheep. Redundant barges sink into the mud as pleasure cruisers herald a change in culture at the … Continue reading Book Review: ‘On the Marshes’ by Carol Donaldson