Here you can find a variety of articles, all of them about nature. I hope you find them interesting and thought provoking. There is so much to say about our relationships with the natural world, and I use the plural because how we interact with the world around us is so diverse.
Many articles and pieces of writing can also be found on scribd.
An Opinion piece for The Guardian on 28 May 2018, The Bloody Truth About Conservation tackling the uncomfortable truth that some species can only be saved if we control others.
I wrote two articles on curlews and my book Curlew Moon, one for British Wildlife in October 2017
And for BBC Wildlife Magazine.
Mark Avery Blog, February 2016, on why I love curlews and the 500 mile walk. Mark is a foremost conservationist and blogger who was formerly head of Conservation for the RSPB.
BirdGuides published an article on the walk on their webzine in February 2016.
Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust article on the curlew walk - February 2016.
BBC News Magazine published ten articles alongside the radio series I produced called Natural Histories (series 1). They gave more analysis, information and background to the species on the programmes. They ranged from apes to nightshades to sea anemones.
1 Listening to the Language of Apes - 2nd June 2015
2 How Jaws Misrepresented the Great White - 9th June 2015
3 Do Butterflies Hold the Answer to Life's Mysteries? 16th June 2015
4 Our Deep Need for Monsters that Dwell in the Dark 23rd June 2015
5 The Lion: A Victim of its Own Power? 30th June 2015
6 The Decline of the Disgusting Burbot 7th July 2015
7 The Plant that can Kill or Cure 14th July 2015
8 The Creature With the Key to Immortality 9th October 2015
9 The Bird That's More Valuable than Ivory 12th October 2015
10 How Cockroaches Could Save Lives 3rd November 2015
I have written a number of articles for The Tablet here is a selection.
CREATION IN PERIL
An article that was published in The Tablet in October 2014 on the worrying decline of species worldwide. We need to have a holistic view of our relationship with nature if we are to face these enormous problems.
DANCING WINGS OF SUMMER
An article on the outstanding beautterfly summer we have just had - and the messages they tell us.
Published in The Tablet, 4th October 2013
THE NATURE OF FAITH - THE TABLET, MARCH 8TH 2013
An article about a weekend for retreat leaders which I am leading in April 2013. The conference is organised by the Catholic Network for Retreats and Spirituality (CNRS) and the artricle is written by Fr Tom McGuinness SJ.
NOT A BLACK AND WHITE ISSUE - THE TABLET, 7TH SEPTEMBER 2013
The badger cull is underway with great opposition. However hundreds of thousands of animals are culled each year in the UK including deer, squirrels and hares. So why has the badger caused such upset? Picture from The Guardian.
TEAM RAT - THE TABLET, 5TH JANUARY 2013
In January 2013 a team of scientists set off from the UK to South Georgia, a remote Antarctic island which is rich in seals, seabirds and ...rats. The team have an audacious task, to eradicate all the rats from the island. It is a race against time before climate change melts the glaciers, the only barriers to the rats spreading all over the island, decimating bird colonies and eating the chicks alive. On Christmas Eve a service was held in the church on the island to pray for a new start, let's hope that includes returning the island to one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth. The picture is an oil painting of S Georgia by the artist Bruce Pearson.
ASH TO ASHES - THE TABLET, 17TH NOVEMBER 2012
Ash die-back hit the news with vengence at the end of 2012. This article lays out how and why the disease took hold in the UK and lessons we can learn. Trees by their nature are rooted to the ground; if they are moved around the globe all kinds of issues arise.
FLASH OF COLOUR IN THE WINTER SKY - THE TABLET, 29 SEPTEMBER 2012
As the winter months lie ahead we lose many of our colourful migrants as they head towards warmer climes, but the native birds who accompany us through the dark days bring joyful songs into our lives. The Tablet's website showed pictures of some of our winter birds with the calls they make.
HOLY BIRDS OF THE HEAVENS - THE TABLET, 21ST APRIL 2012
Swifts are declining throughout Europe. Many religious buildings are tall enough to host swift boxes. Here is a practical and wonderful way to help give swifts a home in Europe. These are swifts flying around buildings in Assisi.
VOICE OF THE FOREST - THE TABLET, 6TH JULY 2012
The future of the Amazon, a conversation with a Brazilian Catholic bishop, Archbishop Grechi, on the Church's responsibility for the greatest rainforest on earth. The Amazon sits almost entirely within Catholic countries, does it have a special duty of care?
SONG OF THE EARTH - THE TABLET, 15TH JUNE 2012
Rio +20 was in international meeting convened to try to find a way through the intractable tangle of a growing world population, increasing standards of living and protecting the resources of the earth. Maybe some concepts borrowed from Catholic teaching might help put some perspective into the decisions.