Showing 9 Result(s)

Roofing and swift conservation

You don’t have to be a bird watcher to stop and enjoy the sight of a swift in flight as they gracefully swoop through a cloudless sky, to appreciate the swift’s distinctive cries so evocative of our English summers, or to imagine the ecological consequences if these beautiful and inspiring birds were to disappear. Read …

Duck spotting

If you’re interested in finding out more about the wildlife on your doorstep, why not give duck spotting a go? It’s a good way to develop a budding interest in wildlife. There is very little cost involved; a cheap pair of binoculars will do and in most cases you can do without them. Duck and …

In search of the perseids

Despite the fact that it is the middle of August, I dig out my winter coat from the closet. In its midst, summer seemed like a fixed state. It was hard to imagine that there would ever be anything but heat and light. That there would ever be anything but birds flitting between the hedges …

An America for every season

When I think of America, I think of the heat of a New England summer. The way you don’t spend time outdoors, but move from one air-conditioned building to another. The way you lie on the floor with your arms and legs outstretched or sleep the afternoon away. I think of the heat of the …

Carrying the wild home

This weekend my boyfriend and I went on a walk, as we have done so many times before, time enough to have lost count, if we ever started counting at all. Sometimes these walks take us into the city to explore its streets and shops and hidden spaces, but today I feel the pull of …

On the benefits of urban monomania

“The lover of nature is he … who has retained the spirit of infancy even in the era of manhood.” If Emerson is right, then perhaps that is why, beyond reasons of necessity and circumstance, I have ended up writing about urban nature. I grew up in Manchester and spent as much time as I …

All the wild horses

Last September, at the tail end of a long summer, I had the opportunity to take part in a guided visit to the Oostvaardersplassen, a 6,000-hectare nature reserve to the east of Amsterdam. What made this opportunity unique is that nature is largely left to its own devices at the Oostvaardersplassen. Although the area is …

Shopping centres, caves and the fate of us all

If you leave Nottingham train station and head towards the centre of the city, you will eventually come up against a large brown wall barricading the city. Actually it is the backside, or front (it’s hard to tell), of a shopping centre called Broadmarsh. Like a museum gift shop, the only way is through. I …

I came late to a love of birds

I came late to a love of birds. So admits J.A. Baker in the opening of his book The Peregrine. It’s a strange thing to admit just seven paragraphs in to a book about a bird. Perhaps he was pre-empting his critics who accused him of making up parts of the book or of misidentifying the peregrine, …