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…

Wuthering Moors 24

Could it be true, as people are suggesting, that on top of their own £1m legal costs NE picked up the tab for Walshaw Moor Estates’ legal costs? And could those legal costs have amounted to £3m of taxpayers’ money? I’ll ask NE and Defra – I’m sure they will want to tell us. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

Your least favourite bird?

All birds are brilliant! It goes without saying, but I’ve said it.  But it could just be that some birds are more brilliant than others. A while back, in a blog about cormorants, I said that cormorants were quite pretty really, which might be stretching things a bit, but they wouldn’t come bottom of my…

Joining up the verges

I’ve been paying more attention to the road verges since Sarah Pettegree wrote her excellent Guest Blog here and since Plantlife launched its verges campaign. And so I was more susceptible to making the link between this press release from CPRE about lowering the speed limit in rural areas and the state of our verges. …