When nightingales sang

Folk singer Sam Lee is addressing a crowd seated on the lush grass of Berkley Square in the heart of Mayfair. ‘The nightingale,’ he says, ‘is the spokesperson of our hearts… and the decorator of silence.’ He’s right. I heard one just the other day, far from London, admittedly, but festooning a hawthorn thicket with …

Brexit 6000 BC: The lost land between Britain and Europe.

While the separation of The British Isles from mainland Europe is usually measured in miles – twenty of them between the chalk siege-walls of Dover and the sandy beaches of Calais –  our island status is currently dictated by the much smaller value of twenty-six metres. That’s the depth of water south of Dogger Bank, …

Small steps

I'm fully in favour of exposing children to nature. I do my best to immerse my three-nearly-four year old son in wildlife experience at every opportunity and I've written about some of the ways it can be done, even if you don't live in a particularly wild spot (for example here). But the more I read …