Category Archives: Guest blog

Guest blog – Otters are in trouble by Grace Yoxon

I studied Geology and Biology at Keele University and graduated in 1979.  My husband and I moved to Skye in 1980 and in 1984 we set up the Skye Environmental Centre to run courses in geology and wildlife.  We then started receiving injured wildlife and this was the start of the animal rescue and rehabilitation […]

Guest blog – We forgot to tell the fish by Carrie Hume

Carrie Hume is Director of Conservation & Campaigns at the Marine Conservation Society. She grew  up in the seaside town of Lowestoft, with a long family legacy of entrepreneurial fisherman, who were ultimately doomed by the early-twentieth century collapse in the local fishing industry. Currently land locked in Herefordshire, a committed environmentalist, she is coming […]

Guest blog – What is Britain’s Native Wildlife? by John Burton

John Burton is one of the most experienced and free-thinking of British conservationists. He was a founder and the first chief executive of the World Land Trust. He stood down from that position recently but will still be working hard for WLT into the future.         Defining Britain’s native wildlife is complex. […]

Guest blog – Time for tidal power by Sian John

  Sian John is Tidal Lagoon Power’s (TLP’s) Environment Director and Royal HaskoningDHV’s Director of Environment in the UK. A strong advocate of marine conservation and sustainable development, Sian is currently leading the implementation of TLP’s visionary Ecosystem Enhancement Programme. Hailing originally from NZ, she loves the sea.  As a regular contributor to Coastal Futures, […]

Guest blog – Words from a Young Naturalist by Tiffany Francis

Tiffany is a nature writer, illustrator and conservationist living in the South Downs, Hampshire. She is about to complete her Masters in English at University College London and volunteers for the Hampshire Wildlife Trust and Bat Conservation Trust. Her first book will be published by Bloomsbury in Spring 2018. I have never seen a hen […]

Guest blog – SCOTLAND the Big Picture by Peter Cairns

Based in the Cairngorms National Park, Peter Cairns has been a conservation photographer for 20 years. Co-founder of projects such as Tooth & Claw, Wild Wonders of Europe and 2020VISION, his latest initiative focuses closer to home.             Much of what is written on this blog quite rightly shines a […]

Nature Club update by E Truss (Senior Prefect) as imagined by Jonathan Wallace

St Margaret’s School  (school motto Fides in mercato) Nature Club By E Truss (Senior Prefect)         Gosh! Hello everyone!  What an exciting week or so it has been!  We are all feeling a little bit dazed after everything that has happened since the decision was taken to take the school out of […]

Guest blog – Bowland and its lack of raptors by Terry Pickford

I have been involved with monitoring and protecting raptors, in particular the Peregrine beginning 1967, when the North West Raptor Group was established, then only 7 active territories remained in the North West England. In the 1980s I located the first ground nesting pair of Peregrines close to the A6 on Shap. Field work began […]

Guest blog – Kick the Butts out of Kinder Scout by Nick Moyes

Nick Moyes is former Senior Keeper of Natural History at Derby Museum; co-author of The Flora of Derbyshire, and technical advisor to the Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project, which he helped set up. He is currently campaigning to get The Sanctuary LNR restored by Derby City Council, and advises on biodiversity action plans across Lowland Derbyshire. […]

Guest blog – Britain’s bees are under threat by Andrew Pendleton of FoE

Andrew Pendleton is the Head of Campaigns for Friends of the Earth. Here’s a prescription for a fine afternoon on a warm day in June. Take smartphone and drink of choice. Sit in garden. Wait for sun to come out and bees to take to the wing, use smartphone to record which type of bees […]