Like many of us, I want to lead a more ethical and sustainable lifestyle. But this aspiration is often out of reach with a perceptively high price tag hindered by a limited salary and the high cost of living. But, with much research and a nagging in my gut, I have finally taken key steps … Continue reading Sustainable fashion choices – hunting for ‘green’ labels
The recent article released by the Guardian today [21 October 2017] shares the shocking truth that our insect ecosystems are collapsing due to human pressures. This could be a catastrophe. Insects are an integral part of life on Earth The shocking article titled 'A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe' … Continue reading Insect abundance drops 75% over 27 years
Weeds. Hate 'em or love 'em, they're everywhere. I remember moving into our first home and having my very own 'garden' to love and nurture. It had no lawn or soil, just a yard, so everything was in pots, much of it in desperate need of some TLC. The only flower blooming was my pride … Continue reading Introducing the Summer of Weeds — awkward botany
Over recent years we have seen strong evidence that suggests investing in green infrastructure can promote economic growth as well as human health and well-being, not to mention support a diverse range of plant and animal species. But as habitat loss continues to be extensive and rapid with agricultural intensification and increasing land take for housing and infrastructure development, … Continue reading Greening the Grey – making the most of our urban green spaces
Is it just me or has the 10,000 step challenge boomed in 2017? Or maybe it simply feels that way because I'm attempting said challenge myself and not one person I've talked to about it has said, 'what's that?'. Most people smile saying, 'me too!' and eagerly show me their step-tracking device. As far as I can … Continue reading Are you stepping your way into new habits?
Botany is my thing. Well, I want it to be my thing. I have found myself spending 99% of my time behind a desk rather than out in the field, leaning towards project management rather than field surveying. My exposure to plants, therefore, has been limited at best, with the knowledge I have built over … Continue reading Tackling Botany – the Identiplant Journey
Have you ever been in the company of someone that makes you feel like a better version of yourself? Where you feel truly worthy of their company like every word is absorbed and listened to whilst you drink in every last word they say too? That your common interests or opposing views are valued equally … Continue reading A better version of myself
As ecologists, many of us will be undertaking work on active construction sites and/or pre-construction phase sites. Although not a statutory requirement, you will find many contractors and construction clients insist that those people attending their sites hold the appropriate CSCS card for the work they are undertaking, particularly if not being escorted. You know you … Continue reading Booking your CSCS Test as an Ecologist
For the first five years of my career, I worked closely with students, universities and employers to ensure students were prepared for the world of work. Yet, if ever I was asked my opinion on undertaking a master’s degree, it was strongly a... ‘don’t do it’. Now I find myself feeling rather hypocritical as I have recently … Continue reading Postgraduate Study: Should I undertake a Master’s? Is it all that it’s cracked up to be?
On the 14th September, we saw David Attenborough release the second State of Nature report. Sadly, just like the first report back in 2013, it depicts the harrowing truths behind the ongoing declines to our biodiversity across the UK with intensive farming surging to the top of the list of reasons for the severe loss of species. This devastating … Continue reading The State of Nature – How you can help