Fair Game

I want a thriving uplands. Can you see my head? Just. An ‘iconic’ upland bird found only in heathery spots in the UK. Humans strive to manage habitat and control predators so that I produce good numbers to be flushed wild to the gun. Contrary to what you may hear, work is in progress on … Continue reading Fair Game

Raptor brutal

Extraordinary experiences with raptors make for deep thoughts. I lie in a rowing boat, rod to one side, drifting across the lake in the Welsh mountains listening to brown trout rising. Gazing up, my eyes focus on two dark spots becoming larger by the second…they loom into view, a peregrine behind its prey – no … 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