Raptor brutal

Extraordinary experiences with raptors make for deep thoughts. Too bright for fishing on a warm summer afternoon high in the Cambrian Mountains, I lie in a rowing boat drifting across the lake listening to the ‘plop’ of brown trout rising. Gazing up to distant clouds, my eyes start to focus on two dark spots getting larger … Continue reading Raptor brutal

A precautionary pond

The local authority voice was apologetic, ‘I’m sorry but once in the planning system, we have to insist on further ecology surveys – even if the application is to enlarge a pond for wildlife.’ My client, as passionate a naturalist as about doing the right paperwork, let out an exasperated sigh. He had already paid for … Continue reading A precautionary pond

Dead Poets

For three hundred and sixty five days a year we jostle, stamp, cajole consume and survive alongside nature. Which itself is of course trying to do exactly the same. Except that we humans are somewhat more dominant in the age of Anthropocene. In 2010, I published a journalistic debate paper (‘New demands; old countryside‘) which changed … Continue reading Dead Poets