Freethinkers, echo chambers and the cult of personality in conservation

Freethinkers, echo chambers and the cult of personality in conservation

Just as it is in politics, the cult of personality is alive and well in the environmental field. Just as the charisma, views, values and outlooks of notable politicians - Trump, Corbyn, Merkel - shapes our political ideologies, so do the same features mould and sculpt our views on environmental issues. Influencing everything from our [...]

This blog in 2018

This blog in 2018

It's been just over two years - 26 months, to be precise - since I established Common by Nature as a place to share my thoughts and views on the natural world. In that time, I have covered issues ranging from Hen Harrier persecution, squirrel conservation and farmland bird declines, to fox hunting and predation [...]

A tentative step in the right direction | Some thoughts on the 25-year Environment Plan

A tentative step in the right direction | Some thoughts on the 25-year Environment Plan

This past week, and to an equal mix of fanfare and apprehension, the government released its long-awaited 25-year plan to improve the environment. A full outline of which can be found here, for those interested. I would advise all to have a read. The plan, launched in style by the PM herself, sets out a long-term [...]

UK Blog Awards 2018: I Need Your Help!

UK Blog Awards 2018: I Need Your Help!

Common By Nature, the blog you are reading right now, will be six years old come January. Sure, it has changed somewhat over the years - content, design and format shifting in line with my own experience and interests - but its core theme remains the same. It remains a place for me to share my interest [...]

World Environment Day

World Environment Day

Today is World Environment Day, a time to pause, ponder and reflect upon our own relationship with the world around us, and a day throughout which everyone, young or old, urban or rural, should take a minute to consider what each of us, on a personal level, can do to preserve the nature. It is [...]

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 [...]