Conservation biologists have given us a term for what we already knew – that many people are simply oblivious to the natural world, especially plants. Charismatic megafauna like polar bears and pandas get lots of attention, funding and research – while less obvious green beings may slip away with scarcely a nod. They’ve called it […]
In this book Robert Macfarlane sets out to find the wild places of Britain and Ireland, if there are any left. He believes that somewhere on these islands there must be places far from the reach of humanity where the wilderness still exists, and he sets out to discover them, to create a word map […]
I added this book to my TBR pile way back when it won the Costa Book of the Year award. That was in January 2015, so it has taken me more than two years to get to it. But get to it I did. And it is simply wonderful. Such a great book, I cannot […]
James Fielding was not at all happy when his parents decided to spend the summer in “the wilderness”, his plans had included girls and learning to talk to them, not nature. But once he got over his stubbornness he discovered that he enjoyed the wild. The landscape, the animals. And especially one deer, a magnificent […]
Narrated by Morgan Freeman ; aka La Marche de l’empereur
A nature documentary about penguins in the Antartic, this has been making the news as it is doing fantastic business, the surprise blockbuster of 2005. But after watching it I am really left wondering why. Don’t get me wrong, it has cute fluffy penguin chicks, and is worth watching, but is it just me or are there numerous nature documentaries that are as good, if not better, shown all the time on the BBC?