It’s not a tribal blog, it’s a dialogue

Every so often, I aim to produce a pithy (450 words max) piece always with links to references.

Do apply to do a guest blog – note same word count and references if possible. Be prepared for ‘light touch edit’ to ensure positive, rather than divisive, engagement with the widest range of views.


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

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 concerns, a tough … 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