Four weeks today…

… is the … …twelth, the traditional start of the grouse shooting season. There are all sorts of reasons why the grouse shooting season might be a damp squib this year. First, the weather may not have been perfect for Red Grouse this year and there are reports of Red Grouse numbers being low in…

Fruits of the garden

This raspberry was delicious but I think the Blackbirds are getting more of them than I am from the few that appear in our garden. Still I don’t begrudge them – much! It looks like our garden will provide plenty of blackberry and apple tarts and crumbles though. Although there is quite a long way…

A second Badger challenge

Tom Langton is a Badger expert and seasoned campaigner. His crowdfunder to challenge DEFRA on plans to extend the Badger cull deserves support – and I’ve put a few quid of my own in that direction. Likes(30)Dislikes(1)

Guest blog – Re-connecting with Rock Pools by Heather Buttivant

Heather Buttivant is a writer, educator and marine conservationist based in Looe, Cornwall. She specialises in introducing people to the magic of the rock pools. Her first book, Rock Pool: extraordinary encounters between the tides, is available from bookshops and online (and is reviewed here) and her website was named BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Blog of…

Sad news: Colin Wilkinson RIP

I learned today of the passing on Saturday of Colin Wilkinson, a former colleague at the RSPB. Colin worked first in the RSPB Central England Region (the cinderella of RSPB regions – lots of people, not so many birds) which morphed into the Midlands Region. He was based in the Banbury office and more recently…