"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
November 11 2018.
"The sistren of bees"
A hive is not a brotherhood. It is a sisterhood. There is a sting in the tale for the males...
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...
"Packaging fury goes coconuts." Tweeters agreed with my frustration about unnecessary plastic food packaging - now the story has gone on TV, online news sites and the national papers...
"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.
"The chills and thrills of plant sex on a winter's day."
Why are we seeing so many new year wild flowers? Here I delve into some interesting ecology behind the 500+ wild flowers found on the BSBI New Year Plant Hunt... (Published in: Nature in Avon: The proceedings of the Bristol Naturalists' Society. 2018).
"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).
"People's Walk For Wildlife: Bring on the medicine."
Views from the wildlife rally in Hyde Park and beyond, with Chris Packham, Billy Bragg et al...
"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.
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:
"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.
"The hedgehog hub of love."
Find out all about hedgehog rescue and help support their conservation by booking a talk from the team on the front line...
"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.
Musicians Billy Bragg and Geoff Barrow have defended Extinction Rebellion activists as "the new punk rockers" on the right side of history... I spoke to Billy, Geoff and many local people on why they are supporting this new form of peaceful activism, amid criticism about the level of disruption. Videoattached of a compelling speech plus words and pictures
"Give Back Eco-Cinderella's flowers."
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...