Fish slapping

A departure from my normal prose, this is about a deeply rural country set far from a highly urbanised UK. As we face tough choices over trade, wellbeing, climate, economics, environment while fearing uncertainty – which in Myanmar, is an everyday feeling. Oh, and think again on ‘wet markets.’ A journey by truck, or third-class … Continue reading Fish slapping

Join the dots

My face-to-face ‘field intel’ trips provide enlightenment as to what people really think. Online is one thing, hearing it direct is another. I muse on how land managers, academics, govt, activists might garner insight from each other. A previous ‘intel’ trip along the Marches fielded views of an environmental activist (who once upon a time … Continue reading Join the dots

Dear Sir,

Ever since I took my first call from the letters Editor at The Times in 1999, I’ve always written about environmental stuff others don’t want to write about. Hedgehog populations, horsemeat, sea eagles, bTB and badgers, raptor conflict, deer, fungi hunters, little owl culls, wildfires, alien conifers, duck shooting, urban foxes, National Parks, indoor livestock, … Continue reading Dear Sir,

Curlew public good

An email, received from a tiny conservation organisation raising all its own funds seeking to conserve curlew, is published here as a guest blog Throughout the year, Curlew Country is contacted for advice by many people wanting to help Curlews. Especially now. Right in the middle of breeding season. We want to help others but … Continue reading Curlew public good

On insects

The countryside should not be a peaceful place. It should be humming with activity. While it’s hard to sometimes avoid humans, the real racket should be insects. (see postcript below) They have, however, been making a bigger noise in the news. For the purposes of this piece, I will label them all collectively as bugs … Continue reading On insects

Gove green

An exclusive interview with a previous Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Michael Gove for BBC Countryfile Magazine (first published Feb 2018) RY (Rob Yorke): Firstly, what are your personal connections to rural Britain and where do you love to walk? MG (Michael Gove): Both sides of my family have … Continue reading Gove green