Category Archives: nature writing

What we talk about when we talk about pigeons

So many wood pigeons. I have played a small part in shoring up this overblown population. By one. One extra pigeon in 2017. This is how it happened. Continue reading

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The bee and the damson tree: everything is connected

The bee and the damson tree: what happens on a Munich balcony is a bewitching reminder of the interconnectedness of things Continue reading

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2015: thrice the kingfisher

I saw kingfishers along the river Crane three times this year. Each time I thought I’d burst. It’s amazing they’re thriving, given that the river has suffered four big ‘pollution incidents’ in the last four years.* The first glimpse of ice … Continue reading

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Time, tree planting and commuting with birds: hymn to suburbia

This year I have lived a full half century. My children have grown up and left. For the first time in my life I’m living entirely on my own. It’s bloody lovely, this freedom, but I do find myself staring into space. A lot. And if I look back? Blimey, I’m thinking in decades, not in years. Continue reading

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Into the woods: early autumn in the fifth element

I’ve often thought of broadleaved woodland as the fifth element, somewhere between air and water. Continue reading

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Me and Heston walk all night

My short story ‘Me and Heston walked all night’ is based on my experience of volunteering in cold weather shelters in Central London in the 1980s Continue reading

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Take a walk, Mrs Merkel: dispatch from high above the G7 summit

At the tree line on Mount Schachen on the last day of May it was noisy. The mountain was being prepared for total shutdown. If the G7 is all about soft diplomacy, then there’s a chance our leaders might be influenced by more visceral experience. Please, Mrs Merkel, take them for a walk. Continue reading

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Face the change: making space for the beaver

On my windowsill is a piece of willow. At one end it is flat, where I cut it with a saw so that I could take it with me. At the other it is beautifully worked… Continue reading

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Between the A30 and the M3, Hampshire

10 May. Some days spring is so insistent.  

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Time travel without a tardis (or how to hold back spring)

So it’s March and the crocuses are over and the season has already begun to decay. I don’t want to let spring go – but how best to string it out? Continue reading

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