Uncommon Ground: learning to read our landscape again

Recently I was presented with a beautiful gift – a book by Dominick Tyler called Uncommon Ground: A word-lover’s guide to the British landscape. The book is the product of a year that Tyler spent travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles to photograph specific features of the natural world. Realising how limited was … Continue reading Uncommon Ground: learning to read our landscape again

The Sixth Extinction: humanity busy sawing off the limb on which it perches

Atelopus zeteki, the Panamanian Golden Frog Though it might be nice to imagine there once was a time when man lived in harmony with nature, it’s not clear that he ever really did. Elizabeth Kolbert is a journalist who writes on science matters for the New Yorker. She has written two books, the first being Field Notes … Continue reading The Sixth Extinction: humanity busy sawing off the limb on which it perches

Badgerlands: perturbation in the nation

CF Tunnicliffe, Badgers The badger is one of our best-loved animals – and yet, despite the fact there are more badgers per square mile in Britain than any other country, few of us have seen one (our one, magical encounter is described here).  I have just finished reading Badgerlands in which Patrick Barkham sets out to trace the strange history of … Continue reading Badgerlands: perturbation in the nation