Turtle doves under fire

I haven’t seen a turtle dove in Northamptonshire this year and it seems I am not the only one. This was a bird that I didn’t see in the north Somerset countryside where I grew up.  It was only when we came on holiday to East Anglia that I saw my first turtle dove –…

Guest Blog – response to Mark Avery by Magnus Linklater

Magnus Linklater is a former editor of The Scotsman and Scottish Editor of The Times. He is trustee of an estate in Perthshire, and a regular commentator on rural affairs.   I knew that taking on the RSPB would be nothing but trouble. But I was not quite prepared for the volume and ferocity of…

Man on the Earth

The death of Neil Armstrong has made us all think of those days when Mankind took that giant leap.  Armstrong seems to have been a lovely, talented and modest man; and therefore a good choice to be the first of our species to step on the Moon. Few of us have had the privilege of…

Five things to do this weekend – particularly if it’s raining

Have a look at the  ‘a focus on nature’ website.  Launched at the Bird Fair this looks like a good initiative to me.  How do ‘young people’   get the advice and mentoring that they need to get into nature conservation?  I’ve offered to give a helping hand and maybe you can too? Or maybe you…

Who am I, at the Bird Fair?

Or rather, what am I? As you may have picked up, I live in rural Northamptonshire, but close to the Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire borders (bandit country?).  I, therefore, am often crossing into neighbouring counties and passing the roadside signs which announce them.  I was very fond of the old signs which announced that Northamptonshire was…