I met Bristol people steering a rapid rise in environmental activism, including Extinction Rebellion and its sister groups, schooled here. Published in The Spark.

Bristol’s environmental image hangs in the balance over Bristol Airport expansion. I took part in a TV debate on BBC1 Sunday Politics along with politicians and campaigners, and wrote this comment piece published by Bristol 24/7Link

Link to:​ page 2

There is plenty you can do to help our urban wildlife survive the winter cold: Part 1

BRISTOL: DON'T BUCKLE AT THE POUND SIGNS

England's most polluted NO2 spot sums up a looming crisis

As Greta Thunberg & climate activists marched on Bristol, I wondered how much longer it would take to drag Cinderella - our ecological crisis - out of the hearth and dress her up so society notices. Published in Ecohustler magazine.

Link to: page 1 

MAKE SUPERMARKETS REDUCE PLASTIC

MUSEUM ANIMALS IN MOURNING SHROUDS

WILDLIFE GARDENS CAN BEAT FLOWER SHOWS

Campaigners in Bristol, Somerset and London are targeting airport investors, including teachers' pensions. Published in The Bristol Cable.

BRISTOL BID TO BAN SINGLE USE PLASTIC

There is an exciting new surge in rewilding, driven by grassroots groups, backed by radical demands to redefine the land. I spoke to some of the groups and people leading this movement... Published in Ecohustler 

Climate researcher Katharine Hayhoe says climate science deniers feel unnecessarily threatened by solutions – and the crux of winning them over is to show them how they will benefit from a greener future, regardless of beliefs. 
​Published in
The Ecologist.

NEW CHARITY WILL BUY LAND FOR NATURE 

A plea for the media to rethink its promotion of flying to millions of people. Published by The Ecologist magazine and Canada News Media: Link

THE RACE TO REWILD

... and the slippery slope of loving them: few can be as smitten as Yvonne Cox of Hedgehog Rescue. Here's how she helps hundreds of hogs, and what gardeners can do too, for Hedgehog Week. Published in South Bristol Voice.

GRETA, BRISTOL AND THE CINDERELLA CRISIS 

An old reach of the River Chew has returned to Somerset after 70 years. 
​Published in
The Guardian.

A powerful new display in Bristol will highlight the biodiversity crisis after children demanded the true stories of exhibits were told. Published in The Guardian

I presented a 4,000+ name petition to City Hall in November, and gave a speech asking the Mayor & council for a city wide ban on avoidable single use plastic: story in Bristol 247.

You don't win a planetary revolution by asking for permission. Protests for environmental justice are now fast growing, massive movements. Extinction Rebellion's Autumn Uprising in October brought disruption to 60 cities. How much is enough? Published in The Ecologist 

CLIMATE ACTIVISTS TARGET AIRPORT INVESTORS 

XR: REBELLION AND A NEW AGE OF ACTIVISM 

FLOWER POWER: ART FOR NATURALISTS

OUR PLASTIC ATTACK CAMPAIGN IS  NOW GLOBAL 

Lots of wildlife-friendly planting ideas are attached, to make your back yard into nature's paradise. Eco gardens can look stunning and make a blissful spot to enjoy lots of wild visitors. Feature published in Bristol Voice newspaper.
​Download here: page 1 and page 2

THE WORLD'S DAWN CHORUS IN LOCKDOWN

My piece on how local campaigners started a worldwide movement. #PeoplePower  #PlasticAttack  #HandBackPlastic 

400 Bristolians pledge to bring parts of London to a standstill with Extinction Rebellion - many arrested at Oxford Circus. Published in The Bristol Cable.

PROTEST DAY AGAINST AIRPORT EXPANSION

CAMPAIGNING

Bristol's love of spiders goes to extremes. Published by South Bristol Voice.

I am currently challenging the media on how it is addressing climate change & the ecological crisis, through writing, campaigning, researching and speaking, with support from the National Union of Journalists. I am calling on the industry to look in the mirror at itself, for journalists, publishers and advertisers to consider more closely how changing their practises, which influence millions of people, would be instrumental in changing the world. 
I have previously been on BBC and ITV television and radio, locally and nationally, discussing pollution, plastic, climate change, aviation and ecological failures. 


Our Bristol One by One campaign group also helped launch the Plastic Attack movement, which has gone global, we petitioned to get a single use plastic ban in Bristol along with Martin Fodor and other local campaigners. Our members have joined other campaigners to oppose Bristol Airport Expansion and support actions by climate strikers and Extinction Rebellion. Please follow our Facebook page for updates: www.facebook.com/groups/onebyonebristol/​​

ART & SCIENCE: BACK FROM THE BRINK

We've had enough of their rubbish, it's time to force plastic reduction on supermarkets and producers. Opinion piece by me, following Sir David Attenborough joining in with plastic attacks. Published in The Bristol Cable

A LOST RIVER RETURNS

SPIDER LOVE! 

The best botanical guides offer keys, but artists bring the music. I explore some of the most memorable and useful botanical illustrations, books and artists in my feature for BBC Wildlife Magazine, in the January issue. You can preview the magazine here. Link

We have to show how it's done, say residents with bold plans in the first city to declare a climate emergency... Link   Also published in South Bristol Voice.

Report by me on the rights of children to protest on the #SchoolStrike4Climate held on February 15 across the UK. Published by The Ecologist: Link

PROFESSOR KATH HAYHOE: TACKLING DENIAL

Wildlife cannot wait, insists newly launched charity, Heal Rewilding, which will buy depleted land and give it back to nature. "Our sites will be places where wildlife can return and thrive, each one will help hundreds of species.” Published in The Guardian

RECENT WRITING...

I write & broadcast freelance (eg Guardian, Independent, BBC Wildlife, Ecologist, Ecohustler, Where The Leaves Fall, Bristol Voice, Bristol Cable). I've just written a children's nature book published by Quarto. Two more books in the pipeline. I have worked for a wide range of regional newspapers, national and international magazines, contract, book & digital publishers, sometimes radio / telly. I mostly cover science, wildlife, environment, botany, gardening & nature politics. I also produce ecology consultancy reports & science outreach.

NOT JUST WEEDS! GRAFFITI BY REBEL BOTANISTS

Some of my older work is here: click on an image to enlarge it

I've written a long piece in August issue of BBC Wildlife mag on the state of Britain's green spaces, the history of how we got here and the inspiring people who want to bring back their wildlife.

Link to Page 2

Let's get more wildlife back into green spaces

Bringing wildlife closer

CHILDREN HAVE A HUMAN RIGHT TO STRIKE

INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE MONBIOT

BATS AND LIGHT POLLUTION

CNN: WORLD MOVEMENT AGAINST PLASTIC

​​Link to Page 1

THE PERILS OF BEING AN URBAN HEDGEHOG...

DREAMING OF A GREEN CHRISTMAS

BRISTOL XR: WE WILL BLOCK UP LONDON

Independent Ecologist, Freelance Journalist, Educator, Author

Beware of greenwash. Planting trees to tackle climate change might feel nice, but it could be doing more harm than good. Some would call it a failure. Here's why... Published in The Independent

Climate change may explain the expanded range of the greater horseshoe bat – conservationists are puzzling over its discovery on the east coast.
​Published in
The Guardian 

Britain's first city to declare a climate emergency has unveiled how it will attempt to create a 2030 carbon neutral blueprint. Published in The Independent 

MAKING A GARDEN WILDLIFE POND

I met people living in England's most polluted place for NO2 exhaust fumes. Surprisingly it's a tiny village not a city. They can't agree on a solution. Their story highlights a national issue with rural transport, with traffic set to rise up to 51%. Published in The Guardian

"LIVING IN THIS COMPLETE MADNESS IS UNNERVING"

MEDIA HYPOCRISY ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS

Creating or improving a garden pond is one of the best ways to attract and help wildlife in your neighbourhood. Published in South Bristol Voice.

HOW WILL CITIES GO CARBON NEUTRAL?

Where The Leaves Fall is a new advert-free quality print magazine exploring nature connections. For Issue 3, I've written on how creative discovery that combines art and science is helping Back From The Brink to save Britian's rarest species here.

Some quick tips on cutting down your environmental impact over the festive period. Written for Bristol Voice: Green Christmas.

Nature has reclaimed the stage. With reduced noise pollution, a fascinating new arts & science project has put the mic on the world's dawn chorus to create a global sound scape of lockdown bird song. Published in The Guardian

RARE BAT RETURNS AFTER 115 YEAR ABSENCE

DRAWING BATTLE LINES TO SAVE THE PLANET

"Bristol Airport expansion is like a gun pointing at the heart of the planet," says author and activist George Monbiot. “It is insane to be building more fossil fuel infrastructure in the midst of a climate emergency." Published in The Bristol Cable.

The chalking up of less loved wild flower names wherever they grow across Europe's cities has gone viral: ​“It is absurd that this is criminal. How else will a kid ever know these names?" Published in The Guardian

TREE PLANTING: JUST CARBON  STICKS?

Our One by One plastic attack movement was featured on CNN: 
How plastic attacks on supermarkets became a global movement​​

I explore light pollution and explain its impacts on bats, following new research, in this feature for BBC Wildlife Magazine.
​Available at: BBC Wildlife Mag

Climate change campaigners step up efforts against Bristol Airport expansion amid a public consultation deadline of January 26. Report by me published in The Ecologist magazine: Link