Category Archives: Guest blog

Guest blog – Seeing the wood for the trees by Ian Parsons

Ian Parsons spent twenty years working as a Ranger with the Forestry Commission, where he not only worked with birds of prey and dormice, but where he developed his passion for trees.  Now a freelance writer, Ian runs his own specialist bird tour company leading tours to Extremadura.  For more details see This is […]

Guest blog – 15 miles of What?! Where? by Ian Rappel

Ian Rappel is a conservationist and activist of 25 years. He’s currently Chief Executive for Gwent Wildlife Trust, and lives in Talgarth on the northern fringes of the Black Mountains. Arriving at the Gwent Levels after travelling south through upland Wales it’s the intensity of the light and the sense of big skies that hits […]

Guest blog – Are Lobsters animals? by Maisie Tomlinson

Maisie is the Campaign Director and co-founder of Crustacean Compassion.  She has previously worked at World Animal Protection, where she successfully co-coordinated the EU Supporting Better Dairy campaign in coalition with Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream and Compassion in World Farming, for whom she is also a school speaker. She is currently a Sociology PhD candidate […]

Guest blog – Opportunity for young people by Keith Betton

Keith Betton is, amongst other things, a mate of mine and the co-author of Behind the Binoculars, in whose pages you can find out more about him. At the moment he is in Senegal birding but he left this blog before he left.       SHOULD WE WORRY ABOUT THE LACK OF YOUNG BIRDERS? […]

Guest blog – More from the Peak District by Bob Berzins

Bob writes: I have a life long passion for the outdoors through rock climbing and fell running. A cancer scare in my thirties made me appreciate many things I simply hadn’t noticed before, from the smallest plants to the gap in the sky from a missing raptor. It’s all worth fighting for and that’s what […]