Happy New Year!
This blog had a quieter year in 2017 compared with 2016 – 880k pageviews compared with 1.2m pageviews – but that was to be expected. It does represent over 2000 pageviews/day every day of the year and I know that the readership includes politicians, journalists, conservation professionals and some normal people too. And it includes people who agree with my views and quite a few who don’t – all are welcome.
This blog has been running since spring 2011.
Why does it exist? Because I like writing it, and publishing the cartoons, images and articles of others.
What’s it for? Well, it’s for me, and it’s for you! You’ll notice it is free!
This blog does a variety of things – it is a source of news and it is a source of comment. There’s quite a lot of news that you might not have noticed elsewhere but it is in terms of comment that I think that this blog scores particularly highly. I have spent most of my working life in nature conservation and environmental policy and that is mostly what I write about. Whether or not you agree with my views (and that is entirely up to you) this blog is written by someone who is experienced in nature conservation, knows a fair amount about the politics of the subject, is a scientist by training, is a naturalist, has a large network of contacts in the environment movement and who knows a bit about how the world works. I’m not saying that any of that makes me right about things, but this isn’t the ranting of some bloke in the pub and its author has a pretty solid track record.
Here are some things that I’d like to think this blog does:
- inform you
- interest you
- make you think
- persuade you to think about the natural world in a similar way to me, at least in some areas
- provide a forum for others to air their views – through guest blogs but also through the comments on blog posts
- give you ideas on how you can act to protect the natural world yourself
So that’s what I will continue to do.
I wonder whether we will see another Westminster Hall debate on driven grouse shooting in 2018?
I’d like to thank all of the people who comment on this blog – there are many regulars but new people join all the time. I moderate all the comments and that’s because I want to know what they say and to consider replying to them at the time that they appear here. The comments are an important part of this blog and I feel privileged by the quality of the on-line community that has grown up around it.
I welcome different views on this blog – conflicting views makes this blog a lot more interesting than would unanimity of views. However, just a word of advice to those who want to disagree either with me or with others on this blog – keep it polite. If you don’t, then I’ll enjoy giving you a hard time here.
Happy New Year!