Green space and stormy skies, a guest post by Frances Jones

Green space and stormy skies, a guest post by Frances Jones

After a hot and busy day, I decided to take a walk to a nearby patch of green. Clouds were moving in and the breeze became stronger and wonderfully refreshing after the intensity of the June sun. This particular London common is divided in two by a road busy at rush hour with cars and [...]

Why I signed a petition to license driven grouse shooting, a guest post by Edward Grierson

Why I signed a petition to license driven grouse shooting, a guest post by Edward Grierson

This latest guest blog comes from AMA student, Edward Grierson, and focuses on the subject of Driven Grouse Shooting. Disclaimer: the words below are not those of the blog owner and queries and comments should be directed to the author, as appropriate. If you would like to submit a response for publication on this blog, [...]

Brownsea Island, a guest post by Frances Jones

Brownsea Island, a guest post by Frances Jones

Frances was brought up in Shropshire. She writes about country walks, urban gardens and the wildness that can be found on the doorstep. A music teacher by training, Frances currently volunteers part-time at Chelsea Physic Garden. I arrived at Sandbanks in the early evening. Despite it being June the light was fading and there was [...]

Advice from a not so Expert Birder, a guest post by Liam Thompson

Advice from a not so Expert Birder, a guest post by Liam Thompson

I don’t know about you, but whenever I talk to a birder with decades of experience I leave the conversation with two feelings. First: admiration, for their ability to confidently identify any species by call or the slightest glimpse. This feeling is surpassed, however, by the disappointment at realising I may never reach their level [...]

The North-West Rare Plant Initiative, a guest blog by Joshua Styles

The North-West Rare Plant Initiative, a guest blog by Joshua Styles

The concept of island biogeography was first laid out by MacArther & Wilson (1967) in a book entitled ‘The Theory of Island Biogeography’. The concept was relatively simple in its key principles; that ‘islands’ that are small are capable of supporting fewer species than larger ‘islands’, and that the further away these ‘islands’ are from [...]

100 miles for Cameron, a guest post by Elliot Montieth

100 miles for Cameron, a guest post by Elliot Montieth

On the dawn of March 31st, I will be embarking on a 100-mile trek in order to raise funds for the Cameron Bespolka Trust. Below are the key pointers I hope will explain why I am doing this walk, a walk I hope you will see my reasoning for and sponsor me. Following the tragic [...]

The health benefits of a life in nature, a guest post by Holly Genevieve

The health benefits of a life in nature, a guest post by Holly Genevieve

Being outside in nature is something that everybody should make time for, especially as we are becoming such a digitally driven society. It’s interesting because it’s not until you spend time outdoors (whether it’s a walk by a river, a day in the countryside or a woodland hike), that you feel the incredible effects of [...]

Butterflies: Poetry in Nature – Guest post by Jonathan Bradley

Butterflies: Poetry in Nature – Guest post by Jonathan Bradley

There is poetry everywhere in the natural world, but for me nowhere more so than in butterflies. What is poetic about butterflies? Poetry is a heightened form of writing that plays on our emotions and imagination. Poems use imagery, beautiful or expressive words, rhythms, rhymes and sounds that encourage us to see the world a [...]

Talking to Shooters – Graham Appleton

Talking to Shooters – Graham Appleton

Some of my birdwatching friends don't understand why I write for Shooting Times. I explain that, although there is a difference of views on some issues, the birdwatching and shooting communities have two key things in common - they value the countryside and the diversity of life it contains. Isn't it the people who think [...]

In Search of the Exotic – Ross Gardner

In Search of the Exotic – Ross Gardner

  Aside from being an unlikely location in respect of such an evocative title, Wormwood Scrubs is a name which is familiar for all the wrong reasons.  The infamous prison to which the words are most often associated was built at the end of the 19th century, during a 16 year period up until 1891.  [...]

Edward Grierson: The Importance of Community-Owned Land

Edward Grierson: The Importance of Community-Owned Land

For most of July, I was on holiday on the West of Scotland where, during my stay, I visited one particular island twice. This was Eigg, one of the Inner Hebrides, and an island with a remarkable story. Eigg, having been passed through successive landowners since the 12th century, suffered notorious mismanagement in the 1980s [...]

Trees and the Environment: an interesting infographic

Trees & The Environment: Why Life Depends On Them Many of us will, of course, know that trees are vitally important to our welfare, but do we know just how important they are? A single tree can keep a family of 4 breathing for 1 year and this really is an incredible statistic. This infographic [...]

An Introduction to the Youth Nature Movement – Ben Eagle

An Introduction to the Youth Nature Movement – Ben Eagle

There is something notable happening in conservation. For years, conservationists have bemoaned the perceived lack of interest that younger people take in the natural world. They point to nature deficit disorder as a distinct consequence of a generation of children lacking outdoor experiences. The internet is cast as a negative force, with children spending upwards [...]

Perceptions of Wildlife: The Young Conservationist

Perceptions of Wildlife: The Young Conservationist

Another "perceptions of wildlife" guest blog this week, following the same setup as the last post by urban humanist Tayla May. This week's post comes from young conservationist and budding scientist David Hunter, who was asked the same questions regarding his perceptions of wildlife and often controversial species. As you will see, his answers demonstrate [...]