Alys Fowler writes beautifully in this memoir as she embarks on a series of microadventures in an inflatable pack-raft around the Birmingham canal network, unknowingly unraveling her very existence with every paddle. What I appreciated most about this book is that Fowler's adventures were something she fit in and around her current life. She grasped … Continue reading Book Review – Hidden Nature
Does your mind ever stop and take a break? Some days I wish I had a switch. Just like a radio. Where I could turn off the incessant ramblings of world news, current affairs, fretting about unfinished work, of meetings and endless to-do lists, of friends, family and loved ones, of inadequacies and inner demons... … Continue reading Is it time we all started to look up?
Miles King - The People marched, quietly, fiercely, joyfully, through the West End of London. #PeoplesWalkForWildlife
There's something about a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior that got me thinking. Thinking big. Their research suggests that cooking skills developed as a young adult are likely to have long-term benefits for their future health, nutrition and wellbeing. But what if it isn't just their own health that learning how … Continue reading Could food education save the world?
Nature. Not the first thing you are likely to see on the agenda of any normal executive meeting. Yet, since the release of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in 2005, coalitions and organisations have been transforming the language of nature into something CEO's and Board Directors understand - Economics. This has allowed 'value' to be explained … Continue reading Putting Nature on the Boardroom Table
Two and a half years ago I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the very first steps toward the now 'Building with Nature' Standards, recently launched by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. These standards have been a long time coming and are a fantastic medium to support the creation of high-quality green infrastructure throughout the … Continue reading The Launch of ‘Building With Nature’
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
Public space is so important for the health and well-being of our communities, our wildlife and for the environmental sustainability of our cities. This TEDx Talk highlights fantastically what can be achieved to meet the needs of everyone, as well as economic prosperity. Adrian Benep, Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for … Continue reading The Power of Sustainable Design in Public Green Space
Whilst much focus lies on renewable energies, the long-term environmental impact of solar farms is still in relative infancy compared to wind turbines and hydropower. But with an appropriate land management plan, solar farms have incredible potential to support wildlife whilst contributing to national biodiversity targets - becoming undisturbed havens for wildlife across the UK. There … Continue reading Can ground mounted solar farms be wildlife havens?
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