Tomorrow morning I will post the 4,000th post on this blog in well under six years.
If you’ve been with me since the first post, Don’t let them get away with this, 21 April 2011, then you have quite a lot of stamina. Thank you!
There have been more than 3.8m pageviews in that time. And, to be right up to date, February 2017 was a more popular month than any previous February in terms of readership numbers (despite having 28 days whereas some previous years had 29).
In all modesty, there isn’t another blog quite like this one and that’s why politicians, journalists, conservation professionals and normal people all read it regularly. I’d like to think that it is the combination of experience, knowledge, news, comment, and beautiful writing that bring people back to these pages time after time but only you can tell me why you keep reading.
I am very grateful to all those who have contributed Guest Blogs over the years, to those who have contributed photographs (especially Oscar Dewhurst, more recently Tim Melling and with a Hen Harrier speciality from Gordon Yates), to those who have contributed cartoons (Ralph Underhill above all others) and to all those who have tipped me off about things or sent me information.
Thank you too, to all those who comment on the blog – I’ve often been praised for the quality of the comments here, but that is thanks to you. If you haven’t made a comment then please do consider it – new voices and differing opinions are welcome.
This blog has had two long excursions to the USA and shorter trips to Slovakia, France, Spain, Ireland and Israel. I’ll be out of the country for most of April which will be a challenging time to post content.
There has been quite a lot about driven grouse shooting during those 4000 posts but maybe not as much as you might think – other regular topics have included marine protected areas, farming, the timidity of the wildlife NGOs, the hopelessness of Defra, whether Natural England is fit for purpose (any purpose?), the need to ban lead ammunition, protecting wildlife sites, bird flu, UK overseas territories, nature conservation in (or more often not in) national politics, and encouraging young nature lovers. And there have been plenty of posts which are simply about nature.
There have been regular book reviews and irregular quizzes (not for a while) and polls of your views (there will be one coming along fairly soon) and even a writing competition (there will be another this year too).
If you’d like to submit a Guest Blog then I’d be happy to consider it – see guidelines here.
To all of you, for your support and/or interest,
Thank You Very Much!
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