Wielding evidence

A reflection on a British Ecological Society symposium ‘Making a Difference in Conservation’ from an interested ‘outsider’. I was delighted to allocate three days to attend the BES/CCI event in Cambridge a couple of years ago. But things are never that straight forward. My rural surveying work took me away for one day and the other … Continue reading Wielding evidence

Wild bees and wolves. Nature Notebook. The Times Aug 2015

Transylvanian trek Nature Notebook. As published in The Times August 22 2015 – Part 2 of 2 In Romania, on a family holiday travelling with donkeys through the countryside, nature is abundant. Riches abound for those who forage for mushrooms, raspberries and bilberries among the native norway spruce and silver fir. With goshawks and crested tits flitting across the … Continue reading Wild bees and wolves. Nature Notebook. The Times Aug 2015

Bathwater land use

Yes, I can be obtuse but, let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater as we collaboratively explore new ways to manage land. Bringing three industry leaders together at the Hay Festival on ‘how agri-tech can reduce farming’s footprint on the environment‘ was fun, but challenging in framing the narrative to avoid ‘staked-out’ principled positions being … Continue reading Bathwater land use

Smokin’ salmon

From the comfort of our sofas, we have been drawn to a oceanic feast of spectacles on Blue Planet II. Outside, closer to home, in cold roaring waters, another spectacular is under way. Atlantic salmon are moving at the moment. Migratory instincts demanding the fish drive forward, bashing against rocks, jostling at the foot of … Continue reading Smokin’ salmon

Together for wildlife

The first national conference on farmer cluster groups with Natural England and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust was a ‘swell’ event. The room was awash with the exchange of ideas, chests swelling with pride as farmers restored stone curlews to farmland, yellowhammers to hedgerows, brown trout to brooks, pollinators to headlands while getting together … Continue reading Together for wildlife

Framing food and nature – a personal view part II

Prompted by my letter in The Times, I received this from a correspondent who had previously set out his personal framing of farming and nature as a guest blog here (part I). Part II   “Farmers provide multiple outputs – including marketable food and raw materials. Most environmental outputs are not marketable but often result in costs … Continue reading Framing food and nature – a personal view part II

Shooting must make friends

A fully referenced version of my piece originally published in Shooting Times magazine June 2017. ‘Communication around shooting is far from straightforward. Rob Yorke looks at what the industry could do to bolster shooting’s public image’ For this challenging article, I canvassed opinion from the National Trust, Countryside Alliance (CA), RSPB, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust … Continue reading Shooting must make friends