Category Archives: Guest blog

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 […]

Guest blog – The battle for Beddington Farmlands (lost?) by Peter Alfrey

Peter Alfrey is a naturalist based at Beddington Farmlands, and is director of Little Oak, a small company specialising in nature-friendly green space management in South London   Beddington Farmlands is a 400 acre site in South London, designated a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, is Metropolitan Open Land and has a total of […]

Guest blog by RSPB Chair of Council, Prof Steve Ormerod

Mark, As I promised, I’m responding to your questions and challenges set out in your earlier blog. You regularly and accurately point out that we are all basically after the same thing: we a future for England’s moors and hills that is free from the illegal killing of birds of prey and where land management […]

Guest blog – Red Kites 12 years on by Mick Render

I have spent almost 40 years working in engineering. My main interest away from work is monitoring and photographing red kites, these two go hand in hand and I often gain information from photographs that was missed in the field.  I often go home to review my day and the photographs often identify birds, they […]

Guest blog – #Think500YearsAhead by Findlay Wilde

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein The EU referendum is set to take place on 23rd June.  It is a chance to have a say in whether we stay in Europe or not.  This decision will have an […]

Guest blog – Sheffield’s trees by Pip Howard

Pip Howard is a British forester who lives and works in France. He worked with Save Our Woods and now at Forestcomms working on the pan European landscape research project HERCULES. This is his second guest blog here – the first was Real life bugs or a living planet?           Campaigning […]

Guest blog – Curlew calls 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 and Natural Histories on Radio 4 and was […]

Nature Club 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! I’d just like to say how thrilled I am to have been put in charge of the school wildlife garden! It’s a great responsibility and I shall do my very best to […]