I hope you weren’t partying and snogging everyone in sight to celebrate the New Year last night. Somehow I don’t picture the readership of this blog as having many superspreaders in it but, you never know. I had an early night!
I’m looking forward to many things this year and now we are well past the winter solstice the mornings full of Blackbird, Robin and Song Thrush songs are not that far away and I am looking forward to their return like never before.
At around that time this blog will reach its tenth birthday. The first blog published here was this one on 21 April 2011. What were you doing on 21 April 2011? And how have you filled the time in between?
You may have noticed that I have filled that time by setting up Hen Harrier Day events from 2014 onwards, doing some consultancy work for wildlife NGOs, writing some books, doing the occasional bit of campaigning, being a trustee of the World Land Trust, being a co-founder of Wild Justice and writing this blog on an almost daily basis.
When I say almost daily basis, in the last roughly 3500 days this blog has published well over 8000 posts so far. It is a fairly significant gift to the conservation world as not a single word on here has been sponsored or paid for. It’s a gift that has been given gladly – I enjoy writing and I enjoy sounding off about what is going wrong with the natural world and what should be done to put it right. But all good things, and most bad things, must come to an end and so, at the very least, this blog will be taking a long sabbatical starting this spring. What is long? Months and months, but maybe it will be a never-ending break.
How will I fill my time? Don’t you worry, I’ll fill my time.