A year in blogs

Here is my review of the year in blogs – the first four of which were written whilst I was still working at the RSPB and the last eight whilst ‘just me’.


Our forests- the small sell-off and big lease-off.

One of the dangers of writing a daily blog is that you might shoot your mouth off one day and have to reconsider the next day, or week or year.  I was relieved to see that this blog about the forestry debate still looks pretty sensible to me 11 months later.  That doesn’t mean that you need agree with it now, or then, but I still do.



Forests of course, but mostly a look back at set-aside

MyRSPB blog was dominated by forestry last February but this blog touched on that subject and then moved on to farming.



Killing things

There aren’t many hen harriers in the UK and they are in danger of extinction in England but Rushden and Daimonds FC got there first.



…and finally

My last RSPB blog.



I got a bear!

But this blog was about more than bears – as I wrote at the time the breakfast at Lou and Perry’s has stuck in my mind ever since.



Marble Canyon

A romantic encounter on a bridge over the Colorado River. Read the next day’s too to get an even fuller picture.



A walk in our woods

Wildlife dependent on politics – as always.  But wonderful too – as always.



Four men in a boat

Off the Dorset coast.



The tangled bank

Our NGOs and what nature needs.



Francis Maude – misquoted

Childish really but I still chuckle – I’m afraid you have to put up with or excuse my ‘humour’.



Defra – dire, egregious, failing, risible and adrift.

My application to succeed Helen Phillips as boss of Natural England?



Use them!

Watch this space for more news of how I intend, and you can sign up too, to complain to the EU about non-compliance with the Birds Directive.


Well that’s 2011 through the eyes of 12 blogs.  It’s been quite a year for me, with lots of change.  I hope your  year had high points that will remain with you always.  But it’s the future that should capture most of our attention – and how we can secure a better future for wildlife.


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3 Replies to “A year in blogs”

  1. Thanks for your daily informative and, now, more edgy blogs. I look forward to them, and am glad in the knowledge there are high profile people like yourself fighting the corner for nature. Here's to 2012 and the daunting challenges undoubtedly ahead.
    All the best.

  2. Cannot put it any other way than how Gert put it.Lots of us must appreciate your fight for wildlife,coupled with enthusiasm,knowledge and energy you make a formidable opponent against those who need opposing.All of which comes out in the colossal number of blogs you produce.


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