Category Archives: Guest blog

Guest blog – Hookpods by David Agombar

David Agombar is Major Donors Manager at RSPB where he has worked for the last 12 years inspiring individuals to fund many vital conservation projects. Not the least of these is the Albatross Task Force. He is a bit of a seabird enthusiast having worked on the Farne Islands in his younger days. He is …

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Guest blog – The UK’s youth conservation movement is happening, and we’re already beginning to howl by Peter Cooper

Peter Cooper is a 20 year old amateur naturalist, writer, zoology student at the University of Exeter Cornwall Campus and avid badger watcher. He has written both whimsical nature writing and ‘proper’ environmental journalism on his personal blog and for The Independent, and is also the editor in chief of his university’s nature magazine ‘Life’. …

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Guest Blog – 1000 miles for Martha by Tristan Reid

1000 miles in memory of Martha Update – 500 Miles and Five Marathons! Back in January I wrote a post here detailing my challenge to run 1000 miles including 14 marathons to raise funds for and awareness of Operation Turtle Dove. My project names ‘1000 miles in memory of Martha’ not only intends to raise …

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Guest Blog – What life is this? by Colin Rees

Colin Rees is a life-long birder/natural scientist and has devoted his entire career to conservation. He was Head of the Environment Unit of the Asian Development Bank (in Manila) and founding member and President of the Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources, the largest NGO in the Philippines. In 1988, he joined the …

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Guest Blog – How environmentally friendly is your cup of coffee? by Derek Thomas

Educated at Imperial College London, Derek Thomas (@Coffeewarblers ) spent his professional life as a mathematician, but has also had a lifelong interest and involvement in natural history. Now retired, he is fully occupied as a nature conservationist. He has served at a local and national level in many guises with a variety of organisations …

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Guest Blog – A Poem for Swifts by Steve Halton

SKY-WORDS: A POEM FOR SWIFTS I’m not interested in being the first to see them, Or seeing them on the earliest date; That’s not important… And I’m happy with that… I could go chasing them (I know where they are) But I won’t, I’ll wait Until They judge it’s time To show themselves To me …

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Guest Blog – It’s a marathon not a sprint by Alastair Driver

Alastair Driver has the honour of inclusion in Who’s Who for “distinction and influence” in the field of environmental conservation and is one of the most experienced river and wetland conservationists in the UK, with a growing international reputation in the field of catchment management. He became the first ever Conservation Officer for the Thames …

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Guest Blog – Adders and Buzzards by Nicholas Milton

  Nicholas Milton has worked for the BBC Natural History Unit, the RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts, Greenpeace and the Ramblers. He is a freelance journalist and writes about the environment, politics and the Second World War. He is also a marketing and communications consultant and is currently working with the international development charity Practical Action. …

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Guest blog – A very RSPB protest by Danny Heptinstall

  Danny Heptinstall is a 24 year old birder, naturalist and aspiring conservationist currently researching Red Kites at the University of Aberdeen (and recent Guest Blogger here). He attended the public protest in Inverness on Saturday afternoon about the recent poisoning incident in Ross-shire. You will already have read here (and here and here) about the …

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Guest Blog – Where is the UK’s Youth Nature Conservation Movement? by Danny Heptinstall

Danny Heptinstall is a 24 year old birder, naturalist and aspiring conservationist currently researching red kites at the University of Aberdeen. Here he presents a shortened version of an article that asks “Where is the UK’s Youth Conservation Movement, and what can be done to find it?” I’m a young conservationist, and I get annoyed …

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