How to help wildlife in winter

Dramatic headlines at the Daily Express suggest we are in for an awfully cold winter. It's long overdue after several years of mild winters and hot summers. Freezing air is set to sweep in from the North Pole, bringing the UK four solid months of total whiteout. It probably won't be that bad in the … Continue reading How to help wildlife in winter

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Birding Diary #2

Yesterday we made the most of the last of the autumnal sunshine and went for a walk around Hickling Broad in Norfolk. The Wildlife Trust promises hen harrier, kingfisher, cetti's warbler, and otters, but in reality we walked around and saw absolutely nothing for ages. Each hide we went in opened onto a small area of … Continue reading Birding Diary #2

Trump’s threat to tear up the Paris agreement could help to make it law

Climate change denying president-elect (said with the contempt it deserves) Donald Trump has reiterated his campaign threat to tear up the Paris agreement signed less than a year that committed all nations to limit the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees. Trump believes (or claims to - who really knows what's going on beneath … Continue reading Trump’s threat to tear up the Paris agreement could help to make it law

Angry white men can make their own excuses for voting Trump in

"He says what he thinks, right or wrong", said one Trump voter. I came across this ludicrous quote when despairingly googling "why did people vote for Trump". Whoever said that - it's just not good enough, nor is it even accurate. Such apparent honesty is not to be admired for its authenticity - we must be … Continue reading Angry white men can make their own excuses for voting Trump in

Leonard Cohen – a poet and a shepherd

Any death of our musical heroes prompts a rediscovery of their work and a cathartic relistening. This went on for months after Bowie, and I still feel some shock and sadness; not so with LC. I was expecting his death - he was 82 - and Leonard was expecting it too. He recently said in … Continue reading Leonard Cohen – a poet and a shepherd

Hickling Broad, Norfolk, is being sold to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Hickling Broad is one of our most famous and internationally important broads in Norfolk. It houses a significant proportion of the UK's common crane population, along with resident marsh harriers, bitterns, pochards, water rails, Cetti's warbler, and the infamous beared tit. A large area of the estate has been managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, … Continue reading Hickling Broad, Norfolk, is being sold to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust