August Bank Holiday Birding

Yesterday we took a trip out to Cley marshes, a Norfolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve on the Norfolk coast. We've been before so quickly cottoned on to the fact that it was way too hot to wander round a completely featureless, shade-less landscape on such a hot day, so made straight for the hides instead. …

Time for the National Trust to change its position on grouse shooting

In 2016 a man was secretly filmed with a gun and a hen harrier decoy on National Trust land in the Peak District. Consequently, the Trust served notice to the shooting tenant that managed its land for grouse management, claiming it no longer had confidence that the tenant fitted with their vision for the Peaks. …

Identifying Woodland Flora

Ever wandered through a woodland glade and thought: what's that strange flower? What's that bird chirping away? Identifying flora and fauna is a lost art, one I'm learning to acquire, and luckily there are plenty of apps to use when you're stuck in the middle of nowhere and desperately want to know what some plant …

CCTV in Slaughterhouses – at last

This news has been a long time coming. Animal welfare activists have been campaigning for CCTV in all UK slaughterhouses since CCTV was invented. Animal Aid secretly filmed in 13 slaughterhouses between 2009 and 2014 and found evidence of animal cruelty and lawbreaking in 12 of them. Such evidence includes animals being beaten and punched …

Homemade Cleaning Products

Finding household cleaning products that don't test on animals, though much easier these days, is still difficult and time-consuming and requires a lot of research. Sometimes we forget that human beings actually managed to survive relatively free from disease in decent hygiene for centuries before supermarkets appeared. So how did they do it? Mother Nature …