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. Fishing on a lake in the Cambrian Mountains, I lie in a rowing boat drifting across the lake listening to brown trout rising. Gazing up, my eyes focus on two dark spots becoming larger…seconds later they loom into view, a peregrine behind its prey – no cover … 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