"The bittersweet poppy: 100 years on." Whatever your political views on the symbolism attached to the blood red poppy, it has carried a shadow since ancient times. Botanical thoughts written for #ArmisticeDay #RemembranceDay
Four London schools were shut amid silly spider nonsense... where are the natural history teachers to explain to schools how irrational their fear of nature is? They blew the budget on pesticides instead of education...
The early spring bumblebees are out at last, but check out their fascinating passengers... (Published in: Nature in Avon: The proceedings of the Bristol Naturalists' Society. 2018).
"Victoria Park Bioblitz 2015"
A natural history event with 900 people, 409 species and one famous Victorian naturalist. (Published in Nature in Avon: The proceedings of the Bristol Naturalists' Society. 74. p51-58). Available online here:
"Why do we have so few of Britain's insects here in south Bristol?" A look at what's here, what's missing and how Buglife is working with volunteers to bring them back across 100 new sites... (Published in: South Bristol Voice).
"Badger cull fears for Bristol."
Avon Wildlife Trust takes a stand against the expanded cull & urges others to follow...
Once upon a fairy tale, in a Cinderella grass land not far away, some ecological 'magic' began to happen. This story shows why better thinking on parks and verges would help restore nature-depleted Britain to an ecological happy ever after...
"Yes, we should we put a price on nature." Intrinsic value is a useless, romantic notion that saves nothing. In this piece I explore how we value nature, the controversial idea of Natural Capital and the problems with pricelessness.
"Pay up, or Mr Prickles gets it, along with other park wildlife..."
My comment piece on urban wildlife at risk due to severe funding cuts to Britain's parks and green spaces. This article was also published in South Bristol Voice and on its website.
"A Flutter on the Lottery."
"Welcome home, little lost beauty. Glide the glades again as silently as the ghost that you were through all those missing decades..." A piece on saving the chequered skipper and #BackFromTheBrink species reintroductions.
"Sweet little bats: Tonight, I celebrate my gloves for you..." This piece explains about a rabies-related virus carried by a few British bats. It follows another media wildlife panic story, so here are the facts.