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

Every so often, I aim to produce a pithy (circa 500 words) 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.


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? Due to tribal posturing over who ‘owns’ the bird’s recovery, any delay on urgent curlew action will let it slip below critical and disappear. There have been frank responses to my concern voiced above -: “I understand where … 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