Category Archives: Guest blog

Guest blog – Snail Trail by James Harding-Morris

James Harding-Morris is a primary school teacher who currently works as the Schools’ Project Coordinator for the RSPB. Despite having no qualifications in conservation, ecology or similar, he persists in spending his days getting over-excited about wildlife and trying to encourage other people to feel the same. He can found on Twitter @UKSnailTrail.   I …

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Guest blog – SWAFH by Rodney Hale

I was brought up in a family of farmers and bloodsports enthusiasts – that is with the exception of my mother who nearly left my father when he returned home from a shooting trip with his car covered in blood. Had she done so I might not have been sitting here now. I have vivid …

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Guest blog – Where green objectives clash by Peter Marren

Peter Marren is the first person to have their third Guest Blog on this site (see here and here for his previous Guest Blogs). Peter used to work for an excellent organisation called the Nature Conservancy Council (who remembers them? – and yes we didn’t always think they were excellent at the time but how …

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The potential extinction of a not so horrid spider

Vanessa Amaral-Rogers is the Campaigns Officer for Buglife. After finishing her Masters in Conservation Biology at the University of Derby on bat ecology, she now works on science communications, legislation, pesticides and pollinators.           In a quarry in the South-West of England, a small spider lurks. The Horrid ground weaver (Nothophantes …

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Guest blog by Hugh Webster: response to Tim Bidie

Mark writes; this was originally posted as a comment on yesterday’s Guest Blog by Tim Bidie but it seemed so good to me (and so long) that it might  be better to publish it this way.   Hugh Webster is a a biology teacher with a PhD in Behavioural Ecology, earned studying competition between large …

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Guest blog – Shared Planet by Mary Colwell-Hector

Mary Colwell-Hector is an award winning radio, TV and internet producer winning 14 awards over the last 8 years, including a Sony Gold in 2009. She is also a radio presenter and feature writer for The Tablet.  She has produced natural history series such as Saving Species on Radio 4 and was the lead producer …

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Guest Blog – The Good Intentions Paving Company by Tim Bidie (aka as ‘Monro’)

‘Monro’ posted over 100 comments on this blog between 11 October and 14 December on the subject of Hen Harriers and grouse shooting’.  On 14 December, because I was getting a bit fed up with his repetitive comments, I offered him a Guest Blog to get it all off his chest in one go. I …

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Guest Blogs of 2014

I’m very grateful to all the Guest Bloggers who have graced these pages in 2014. I am always open to the idea of publishing Guest Blogs so please do get in touch if you think you have something interesting to share here. This is a list of all the Guest Blogs (I think, except the …

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Guest Blog – Think before you drink (coffee) by Emma Websdale

Emma Websdale is a Conservation Biologist and Writer. Working as the Communications Support Officer for The Wildlife Trusts, she is particularly motivated in engaging younger audiences, helping them make sure that nature doesn’t drop off their agenda.         After spending the day of 9 December stewarding people to march and rally for …

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Guest Blog – A is for acorn, or analogue? by Laurence Rose

Laurence Rose has worked for the RSPB for over 30 years.  He also edits the website NATURAL LIGHT that explores the links between nature and the arts. A is for acorn, B is for buttercup. No, make that analogue and broadband C was for catkin, but now is for creep; D was for dandelion, but …

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