Biodiversity Challenge 3 – the future

If you look at the composition of the group of six organisations (Butterfly Conservation, Friends of the Earth, Plantlife, RSPB,  the Wildlife Trusts and WWF-UK) who published Biodiversity Challenge 20 years ago there are some interesting (I think) reflections for the future. How likely is it that these six organisations would work together on such…

Summoned by gulls

Gulls used to be quite dull and quite simple. When I grew up, there were basically a couple of black-backs, Herring, Common and Black-headed (and Kittiwake on distant coasts and Little Gull if you were very lucky).  All of these gulls  were pretty common so there wasn’t much to be gained by being a gull-expert…

Biodiversity Challenge 2

Biodiversity Challenge, an NGO document published 20 years ago yesterday, was a challenge to government.  It set out a way of thinking about nature conservation: set objectives, plan the best way to meet them, and then do it! The idea of being clear, and ambitious, about what we wanted to achieve was a bit novel….

How intriguing

A man by the name of Avery (what an excellent name that is) got in touch with me recently because a copy of Fighting for Birds had arrived unexpectedly through the post. If there is someone buying and sending out copies of Fighting for Birds to everyone called Avery this Christmas then that seems like…