Sea mist

How a mere week can make a big difference in the natural world.

The nearly dead tree

Each spring, I visit a particular corner of the Moor to check if an old friend has managed to survive another winter.

In the wilderness of Wirral

An unwelcome modern intrusion into one of my favourite wildernesses takes me on an unplanned medieval journey in reverse.


About my—and my mum’s—childhood holidays on the Welsh island of Anglesey.

Wild Cat Island

Three and a half decades after I first became enchanted by the place, I finally set foot on the island that inspired Arthur Ransome's ‘Swallows and Amazons’.

Exploring my damp patch

For many years, I've sought in vain for a particular wild flower on my local patch—a plant that inspired Charles Darwin to write an entire book on insectivorous plants.