Nice farmers – make your choice

It’s time to vote in the Nature of Farming award which is the UK’s biggest farm wildlife award. Last year 22,000 of us voted to choose the winner from four finalists chosen by experts. The award is sponsored by the Daily Telegraph and the EU Life+ Programme and is a partnership between the RSPB, Plantlife…

The milk of human kindness

There’s been a lot in the news about the price of milk recently because of the low prices that some farmers are receiving for their produce (see here, here and here for example). I still have a milkman who delivers (quite expensive) milk to the door several times a week but I am glad to…

What a lark

On Saturday morning I was listening to Saturday Live on Radio 4 and a piece about punting in Cambridge.  Now I’ve done my share of punting, in the rather distant past, but the sound of the skylark was not a common accompaniment to those trips though it did feature in the radio programme’s soundtrack. It…

Saturday cutting the lawn

Yesterday may have been summer, so I cut the lawn.  Well, I call it a lawn but it was looking more like a small scruffy meadow as the wet weather had been good for grass growth but bad for grass cutting. I noticed there were lots and lots of insects in the grass – and…

Time to buy

My new book, Fighting for Birds – 25 years in nature conservation, is now available to buy from Pelagic Publishing. The paperback is £12.99 and the hardback is £19.99 – an ebook will follow in a few weeks. Chris Packham wrote the Foreword and describes Fighting for Birds as ‘a triumph and if you have…