A quick life update

A quick life update

I have been rather quiet on this blog recently, at least by my usual vocal standards. I can assure you that this is because I have been incredibly busy - with work, writing and university - and not because my interest has waned. For those who follow this blog loyally (to my surprise, there are [...]

Exploring My Personal Perception Of Wildlife

Exploring My Personal Perception Of Wildlife

It should come as little surprise that the majority of issues initially billed as human/wildlife conflicts actually centre more on conflict between stakeholder groups. Between humans and other humans, as opposed to man and beast. Wildlife, as a rule, is not overly confrontational, whereas people are. Thus many of the "big issues" in the realms [...]

Reflecting on Rewilding (once again)

Reflecting on Rewilding (once again)

Ever since I first picked up a copy of George Monbiot's Feral during my time as an undergraduate, I have been a firm disciple of the phenomenon known as 'rewilding'. I concur fully with the notion of restoring our degraded ecosystems to a more natural state, I support the reintroduction of extinct species - on both [...]

Internal Conflict and Future Decisions

Internal Conflict and Future Decisions

This week I began a Masters degree in Wildlife Management at Newcastle University - a course that quite honestly, I never expected undertake. Mainly because, on a personal level, the term "management" seems at odds with everything a younger me hoped to achieve. Standing in direct conflict with the predefined, pristine image of the countryside [...]

Catgate: Some Personal Reflections

Catgate: Some Personal Reflections

Cats have featured heavily in the media this week, though not for the usual reasons. Indeed, following the publication of Cat Wars, a new book by American author Peter P. Marra, our feline friends have found themselves at the epicentre of a heated debate regarding their supposed ecological impact. With British conservationists downplaying the authors comments that [...]