Nature Writing

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Latest figures reveal current state of UK’s birds

More than one quarter of UK birds are in need of urgent conservation effort with Curlew, Puffin and Nightingale joining the growing list of …

Ecosystems

Dartmoor's spring makeover

Walkhampton, Dartmoor A shepherd on his quad bike remarks on the contrast with last week’s rain, wind and mud<p>From the western edge of Dartmoor, heat haze obscures views towards familiar territory in the Tamar Valley. Up here, by Lowery Cross, in sight of glittering ripples on Burrator Reservoir, …

Dartmoor

Neonicotinoids linked to recent fall in farmland bird numbers

Research demonstrates for the first time the knock-on effects to other species of class of insecticides known to harm bees<p>New research has identified the world’s most widely used insecticides as the key factor in the recent reduction in numbers of farmland birds.<p>The finding represents a significant …

Something is amiss with the Yare valley rooks

Claxton, Norfolk At Thorpe Hall near Haddiscoe, 340 pairs of rooks once nested, but this spring there is not one<p>Assessing the rook population in the Yare valley has long been a favourite ritual of my springs. Since the nests are coarse bundles of sticks in the bare treetops it is easy to combine …

Nature

Rich Text Newsletter

Patti Smith · when your taste exceeds your talent · Spinosa · giant snowballs · reconciling longitude · two toddlers in a trench coat · opinions that …

Lucas Marsh: An Urban Oasis

Tucked away and hemmed in by a sports centre, refuse tip and a housing estate just outside of Oadby town centre, a mere 2 miles or so down the road …

Coming home

‘Have we died and gone to heaven?’ David asks, after our first dinner here in Connemara, cosied up around the old pine table which has sat in two …

Donegal

roaring waterfall rheidol country diary

Afon Rheidol When I reached the Rheidol falls it was clear that the river was in spate from the recent rains<p>A narrow-gauge steam railway winds across the steep southern side of the Rheidol valley, slowly climbing the route from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge. While walking deep in the valley beside …

National Parks

An enigmatic spider and the fragile threads of human memory – Caspar Henderson

A few years ago a message from God was found in a tomato in Yorkshire. The Arabic letters were clearly visible, for those who could see them, spelt …

Nature

Where Nature Gets to Run Amok

Yorkshire, England — A few mornings back, after another week of waking each day in disbelief at the news feeds on my phone, I rose early, pulled on my clothes and headed out into the darkness. There’s a place I always go when I feel like this. Crossing over the highway, weaving through the masses …

Nature

Hanging on rather than flourishing … a rare flower

New Forest Clustered around two trees, and shaded by them, is a narrow-leaved lungwort, unreported in the area for nearly 20 years<p>We head into the forest in search of a scarce plant. Nine years ago almost to the day, I chanced upon a single stem of narrow-leaved lungwort (<i>P</i><i>ulmonaria longifolia</i>), …

Nature

Richard Long: 'I'm proud of being the first person to cross Dartmoor in a straight line'

He has walked the Earth, recording his traces and turning them into mysterious works of land art. Now 71, with a new show in Norfolk, art’s great hiker talks about cloud-chasing in France, sculpting on Kilimanjaro – and the paths that lie ahead<p>Sixteen enormous tree stumps, their roots turned …

Dartmoor

Violent spring: The nature book that predicted the future

Robert Macfarlane remembers JA Baker’s The Peregrine – a fierce, ecstatic, prophetic account of one man’s obsession that has held readers in its talon-like grip for 50 years<p>JA Baker’s <i>The Peregrine</i> is 50 years old, but it feels as if it were written yesterday. In the half century since its …

Literature

The astonishing tale of the blue rock thrush!

When a blue rock thrush turned up in late December last year in somebodys back garden and on the roof of their house in Stow-in-the-Wold in ...

Wildlife on Camera—Mountain Tapir

<b>The Wooly Tapir of the Cloud Forests-</b> High in the cloud forests of Colombia, Ecuador, and northern Peru, a peculiar creature tromps through the …

Nature

A Sweet Wild Note: What We Hear When Birds Sing – an extract

by <b>Richard Smyth</b><p>To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never heard a buck fart. But I have heard a cuckoo sing, if you can call it a song, so I have a …

I'Ve

Neon

Over The Border #4

Words and pictures: <b>Jude Rogers</b><p>The strip of water that divides the two countries in which I have lived my whole life, at this moment in time, is the …

England

Nature Notes

<b>A Spring of Hares.</b><p>April weather and the season is on. Celandines that had pinched petals in tight pursed pouts, open to shine, glossy and reflective, …

Nature

A group dérive

<b>Returning to Epping Forest: A different view</b><p>Unlike John Clare I am returning willingly to Epping Forest, coming back to my roots from where he walked …

Nature

Early spring along the river Wear at Wolsingham, Weardale

<b>Blue skies and warm sunny weather in Weardale this weekend. Here are a few of the sights from a walk along the banks of the river Wear downstream</b> …

Postcard from... the Rakotzbrücke

Tumps of tunnelling moles reveal the past

The Trundle, West Sussex Ramparts’ busy archaeologists send forth iron age pottery, shells and bones as they excavate<p>As we walked the perimeter of the ramparts, we noticed that the cropped turf-covered contours below were heavily tracked with molehills. We came across an area of fresh tumps, the …

Archaeology

The Axis and the Sycamore

THIS SUMMER, I built my children a tree house. Adults build tree houses because they always wanted one when they were young, or because they can …

Spirituality

London's plastic water bottle waste is out of control, mayor is told

Committee calls for deposit return scheme and free refill stations after finding capital hooked on bottled water but not recycling<p>The amount of waste from single-use plastic bottles in London has risen out of control, according to a report from the London assembly environment committee.<p>It calls on …

London

Why is the right whale returning to the waters off Cape Cod? – Philip Hoare

Late spring, Cape Cod Bay; dark blue water, pale blue sky. Skipper the ship’s dog barked loudly over the side of the research vessel, <i>Shearwater</i>. …

Nature

Chiffchaffs warm to the theme of spring

Sandy, Bedfordshire Climate change has boosted the songbirds’ advance northwards, and they seem to fill every copse<p>In the rising chorus over the past few weeks, one migratory bird has stood out as insistent, persistent, and more variable in its simple song than most books would have us …

Climate Change

A Tale of Cataclysm, Written in Penguin Guano

Compared with the legions of less charming birds, penguins occupy an outsize place in the public imagination. As Apsley Cherry-Garrard, of the ill-fated Scott expedition, wrote in 1922, “They are extraordinarily like children, these little people of the Antarctic world, either like children, or …

Biodiversity

Through the Eyes of the Ballachulish Goddess

The Ballachulish Goddess was discovered in 1880 beneath about 10 feet of peat.<p>When she was lifted from lying face down,<p>her quartzite pebble eyes …

Ancient History