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 … Continue reading Edward Grierson: The Importance of Community-Owned Land

The Lake District granted UNESCO World Heritage Status

I am, by my own admission, quite fond of the Lake District: affection born of pleasant memories forged during my time in the area as an undergraduate. Memories build on exhilarating wildlife encounters - with ospreys at Bassenthwaite, with rutting red deer at Martindale and, most indelibly of all, with England's last remaining golden eagle at … Continue reading The Lake District granted UNESCO World Heritage Status

Here’s why I, personally, watch birds

My attention was recently drawn to an interesting article authored for The Conversation by the esteemed and eloquent Dr Robert Lambert. Centred on the logic behind birding (or twitching, if you prefer), I found the piece highly interesting, both as a birder who spends a great deal of his time observing our feathered friends and as an … Continue reading Here’s why I, personally, watch birds