THE BEST NATURE MAGAZINES
In this post, I review my four favourite journals and magazine subscriptions for learning and staying up to date on the natural world.
WHY DID THE TOAD CROSS THE ROAD?
Seen a toad warning sign and wondering why it's there? Spotted tiny baby toads hopping across your path? This is the post for you!
FROG OR TOAD? 10 WAYS TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE
A practical guide to telling your frogs from your toads, along with a warning on some red herrings.
WHAT IS RANAVIRUS?
Ranavirus is a serious threat to our frogs and to amphibians around the world. Learn about the disease, symptoms and how to prevent the spread.
AN INTRODUCTION TO CARBON PRICING
What is carbon pricing, why is it necessary, and what does it achieve?
10 REASONS NOT TO GET ARTIFICIAL GRASS
Considering investing in an artificial lawn? Read this first.
KINGFISHERS' MAGIC COLOUR-CHANGING FEATHERS
Sometimes kingfishers are blue and sometimes they're green...how do they do it?
EXPLORING RSPB FAIRBURN INGS
RSPB Fairburn Ings is a fantastic, underrated reserve. Check out this post to plan your visit!
IS AI THE FUTURE OF GREEN FARMING?
Could clever weed killing machines herald a future where we don't use chemical herbicides?
EXPLORING RSPB ST AIDAN'S
Not far from the centre of Leeds and with an industrial past, St Aidan's is now an area of peace in a busy world.
10 THINGS YOU CAN DO IN 10 MINUTES FOR BEES
There are lots of easy steps you can take to help bees in your outdoor space - here are 10 to start with!
FOUND A BABY BIRD?
Found a baby bird and wondering what to do? This is the post for you!
TREAD CAREFULLY: GROUND NESTING BIRDS
An introduction to our ground nesting birds, and what you can do to keep them safe.
HOW TO FEED HEDGEHOGS
Our spiny friends need more help than ever, so here's a guide on how and what to feed them.
10 WAYS YOU CAN HELP HEDGEHOGS
Helping hedgehogs is often easy and low-cost - here are 10 ways to get started!
WHAT IS SUCCESSION?
What is ecological succession and why is it sometimes a problem? This post looks at succession in the Grantham Canal as an example.
HOW TO BRING ALL THE BIRDS TO YOUR YARD
Watching birds in the garden is a delight, and it's great for your mental health. This post is all about how to attract more birds to your outdoor space.
WHAT SHOULD I FEED MY GARDEN BIRDS?
There's a baffling array of bird food options out there - here's your run down.
HOW TO READ MORE (NATURE) BOOKS
Too many books, not enough time? Here's my approach to reading more nature books.
WHY NATURE IS A MINDFULNESS GAME CHANGER
If you rewild yourself – if you take the time to learn about some of the wildlife around you – boy, are you in for a mindfulness boost.
HOW TO SEE KINGFISHERS
If you don’t have the gift of being a Snow White (welcome to the club), you can increase your chances of seeing charismatic or unusual wildlife by knowing how to look for them, and once you see one or two it’s easier to spot ...
15 STEPS TO THE PERFECT WILDLIFE POND
A pond is the number one all-star wildlife addition to your garden. It's the best thing you can do to encourage more wildlife into your space. This post takes you through step by step how to build your own amazing pond.
10 THINGS COUNCILS CAN DO TO PROMOTE BIODIVERSITY
In light of the desperate times we are in, it’s more important than ever that local authorities use their budget to promote biodiversity and the recovery of our natural world. Here's a list of 10 FREE or LOW COST things to as...
IS YOUR COUNCIL SPRAYING POISON?
This is the time of year when local authorities start spraying herbicides as part of their management of green spaces and shared areas. What effect does this have on our ecosystems, and on our health?
LET SLEEPING LOGS LIE!
Deadwood is strikingly beautiful; it is alive, it is thriving – it is life after life. This post is about why we should do all we can to leave deadwood in its place – to let sleeping logs lie.
THE GREEN MOVEMENT’S SECRET WEAPON
In a time when capitalism and consumerism are king and queen of the market, there’s a new kid on the campaigning block: the economic approach. It’s time to bring economics out of the Green Movement’s armoury.
NEONICS: AN UPDATE
We now know that neonics will not be used on beet crops in the UK in 2021. But before you celebrate this U-turn - it wasn't a change of heart. DeFRA's problematic authorisation hasn't been reversed and this post explains why ...
RUNNING ON EMPTY: THE WONDER OF CAPITAL BREEDING
Most people know that birds fatten up before migration to give them extra fuel for the journey. But did you know that some birds actually carry enough reserves with them to get them through their entire breeding cycle, too? W...
YOUR PRE NESTING SEASON TO DO LIST
It’s the end of February and it’s right before the start of nesting season – you need to get your house in order so that you can enjoy this magical time of year. This post contains your to do list to make the most of the seas...
WHY YOU SHOULD LOVE IVY
Gardeners have been fighting with ivy for a long time, and it really is an example of a battle that doesn’t need to be fought, so this post is a run-down on what ivy is, what it looks like, what benefits it brings, and whethe...
HOW TO BUILD A HEDGEHOG HOUSE
Hedgehogs are expected to go extinct in the UK by 2025 if their current rate of decline continues, so anything you can do to provide them with habitat, food and water, and places to nest and rest is worthwhile! A hedgie home ...
IT'S NATIONAL NEST BOX WEEK!
National Nest Box Week runs from 14th February each year, and its aim is to get as many people hanging nest boxes as possible! Spring is on the way, and this is the perfect time to get those nest boxes out for use this year!
HIGH FLIERS: MISTLETOE
Look up at the bare trees in winter and sooner or later you’ll see a round ball of Christmas romance standing out against the empty branches: mistletoe. The question is, how does it get so high? How does it spread, and does i...
OUR FORGOTTEN ARCHITECTS
Try to imagine a world without the destructive presence of humans. Just the wild. What would it look like? When we seek to rewild the places that we have damaged, we need to remember the architects.
NEONICOTINOIDS: WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?
You might have seen petitions, posts and articles recently about neonicotinoids, also known as neonics. If you’re wondering what they are and what the problem is, this is the article for you. Plus some very cute pictures of s...
THE HIGHER THE BETTER? ALTITUDE OF FLIGHT AND ITS EFFECT ON MIGRATION
It’s common knowledge that millions of birds migrate into and out of the UK every year. Yet we never seem to see huge numbers of blackbirds or thrushes in the sky hurtling in for our milder winters. Come to think of it, why d...
TO FLAP OR TO SOAR? BIRD FLIGHT PATTERNS AND HOW THEY INFLUENCE MIGRATION
Bird migration is a wonder. Half of the world’s 10,000 bird species migrate every year, with some return journeys clocking up 30,000 km – that’s a lot of flying. This post looks at different flight patterns
HEDGEHOGS: GET TO KNOW THEM BEFORE THEY GO EXTINCT
Hedgehog numbers are dropping by a fifth every four years, meaning they’re set for extinction in the UK by 2025. We need to protect hedgehogs, and this article provides an insight into their lives.
WHY DO LEAVES CHANGE COLOUR AND WHY DO TREES DROP THEIR LEAVES?
In Autumn, the leaves of our deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves in winter) start to pale, then turn to yellow, orange and red and start falling to the ground. The colour changing is a beautiful spectacle – but why ...