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

Tribal humans

After my guest blog for the RSPB on curlews, I noticed very little engagement. Is it too complex? ‘I’m agitated if, due to tribal posturing over who can ‘own’ the bird’s recovery, any delay on urgent curlew action will let it slip below critical and disappear.’ There have been some frank responses to my concern voiced … Continue reading Tribal humans

Cuckoo barley

For Andy Roberts, the sound of skylarks singing is a sure sign that spring is on its way. A farmer fresh back onto the land, he outlines his thoughts on timeliness to provide barley, potatoes and birds.  When my brother and I plan to sow spring barley and plant potatoes, we have learnt over the … Continue reading Cuckoo barley

Thorny hedges

The joyful sight and sound of a pair of nest building long-tailed tits bustling through a hedge flags up the importance of hedgerows. My blogs can too often dive into gritty countryside issues that distract from the joys out there by there being too much grit in the eye. This one is about the joy … Continue reading Thorny hedges

Fey living

An unpublished letter to the Times Literary Supplement in response to an opinion article on the ‘latest crop of nature-writing books’ Dear Sir While Nick Groom found ‘fey living’ on a retro-farmed wheat field preferable to a ‘teen fantasy’ of rewilding, both his oversimplification and polarised nature of the piece made it almost misleading. It didn’t start well. … Continue reading Fey living

Digging dialogue

We need better social science to work closer with farmers and land managers – many of whom are conservationists. The pressures on farmers today are immense. Working out how farmers think is a seriously ignored matter and requires us to come closer together to work on common ground issues. Alas, there is still too much fear around being seen to agree … Continue reading Digging dialogue