dawn chorus · Simon Armitage · the invention of the telescope · huge, sprawling collaborations · Withnail & I · book smells · re-assembling Darwin’s research notes · converting walks into words · Daniel Dennett · writing letters · humanist politics · dentistry with stone tools · analysing penguin poo · Melissa Harrison · Robert Macfarlane · swallows
Getting to know a place well means knowing what to look forward to, and appreciating when something unusual happens.
On the humbling, comforting realisation that the natural world gets on perfectly well without us.
Patti Smith · W.G. Sebald · Sexual Selection · Roman chicken · Robert Graves · Swallows & Amazons · Thames Estuary · James Brindley · Spoonbills
Struggling to identify a species is the best way to learn.
In which I find myself face-to-beak with Troglodites troglodites.
What links sea-turtles, swifts, and railway viaducts? Plus some handy ornithological photo tips.
…when it's a marsh harrier.
I have provided an article for a new anthology about wading birds.
In which I witness a peregrine and marsh harrier hunting together—almost as a team.