Little owls on St George’s Day

The little owl is an introduced species in the UK but a common species just the other side of the English Channel. Little owls were successfully introduced into the UK at Lilford Hall by the 4th Baron Lilford in 1889; on St George’s Day, his gamekeeper found a little owl on a nest. Lilford Hall…

A natural debt

The first report of the Natural Capital Committee was published a while ago – it didn’t receive much attention in the media (here, here, here). Natural capital is the natural world.  It is all that stuff that we inherited that we could pass on to future generations: fish in the sea, carbon in forests, reedbeds…

Round up – but not Monsanto’s

Big beach clean up – the Marine Conservation Society are having a Big Beach Clean Up next week.  I’ll be fighting litter on the beaches of Northants,  don’t you worry! Pond conservation – I’ve heard lots of people saying that the cold weather has affected the laying of frogs and toads in their ponds.  I…

Questions. Questions! Questions?

There are, aren’t there, many types of questions? Rhetorical questions, leading questions, straight questions, difficult questions.  Latin, I dimly remember from school, had particular ways of asking questions to which the expected answer was ‘yes’ and other ways of asking if the expected answer were ‘no’. I’m quite a questioning person myself.  ‘Why is the…