The April edition of Wild Travel (with a cute tree frog on the cover) will soon be replaced by the May one (with the rhinos (one of which is quite cute) on the cover). I really enjoy writing for Wild Travel as I get to write about biology without any politics in it, and, I hope, in an interesting way.
My April column is about camouflage and peppered moths and the May column is about time travel in Northamptonshire.
There is almost always an article about somewhere I have been (in the April issue it was Yellowstone where I am glad to say I ‘got’ the ‘big 5’ when I visited two years ago) and somewhere I would really like to go (Costa Rica, with its cute tree frogs and sustainable government policies) .
I’m even more pleased to be writing their only regular column as Wild Travel is now monthly rather than six times a year. More pleasurable work!
I have an article in British Wildlife‘s most recent issue too. It’s about the omni-shambles that is the UK government’s approach to biodiversity in the UK Overseas Territories. The last white paper on the subject had lots of fine words but the UK’s approach is rather grubby – we act as though we are more interested in the fisheries, oil and gas and military importance of the UKOTs than their inhabitants – human or wildlife.
And I pop up in May’s Birdwatch too. I sometimes feel a bit guilty coming back so often to raptor persecution but it’s a boil that needs lancing. I give a plug to John Armitage’s e-petition on licencing grouse moors in my current column.