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EVENTS:

Talk for the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust: Warminster November 14th at the Warminster Civic Centre, 7.30 pm

Talk for Gloucester Naturalists Society, 7.30 pm November 23rd at the Gala Club, Longford (on A 38 going out of Gloucester towards Tewksbury)

 

My Current Project: The Curlew Walk - 500 Miles for Curlews  

Sir David Attenborough - "Good luck with your marathon walk"

The Curlew Walk is now finished and a heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped by offering bed and breakfast, encouragement, donations, expertise and kindness.  As a result of the walk a Curlews in Crisis workshop was held in Higginstown in Central Ireland on Friday November 4th.  This resulted in a curlew Task Force which will push through protection for the birds in the next breeding season.

  This is increasingly important as there are only 130 pairs of breeding curlews left in southern Ireland and 250 in the North.  Curlews are declining right across their range from Ireland to Russia.    

The second workshop will be on February 2nd at WWT Slimbridge focussing on the rapid decline of lowland, wet meadow curlews in southern England.

 

The endangered Eurasian curlew

The endangered Eurasian curlew

 

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John Muir

John Muir

The 19th Century naturalist, explorer, inventor and writer, John Muir, has long fascinated and inspired me. Born in Scotland in 1838 into a fundamentalist Christian family, he emigrated from Dunbar to Wisconsin when he was 10 years old.  

In the land of natural abundance and opportunity he led the hard and unforgiving life of a frontier farmer, enduring tremendous adversity. For many this would have crushed and cowed the spirit. In Muir however bitterness never emerged, rather he went on to discover God, joy and wonder in the natural world.  

His articles in newspapers and magazines were so inspiring that he turned a money-hungry America to look up from their balance sheets and outwards to the landscapes of their continent with new eyes, and in so doing saved much of it for the common good. His passion for nature and love of people lead him to become a founding father of the National Parks of America. He was the founder and first President of the Sierra Club.

Listen to a podcast I did on John Muir with Soul of California:

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As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.

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