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  • Blog Post: I am that evil developer

    Role reversal is something we should play with. This week, in my family's eyes, I have been the evil developer laying waste to nature, spluttering a defence of: "Honest, it's for the best, you'll understand once I've finished this development..." The words sounded hollow...
  • Blog Post: Sowing seeds for a greener London

    Have you ever stared at the side profile of City Hall? For years now I've wanted to stick a sparrow's head on it's teardrop shape, as it it would make a wonderful giant sparrow. A monumental nod to the cockney sparra's brave and chirpy character and its similarity to the London...
  • Blog Post: In praise of Boris

    I whole-heartedly congratulate London Mayor Boris Johnson on his latest inflammatory comments . In a letter to Chancellor George Osborne, the Conservative Mayor of London, has attacked the Government over its cuts to solar subsidies ; warning that halving the “feed-in tariff” would “slowly...
  • Blog Post: Survival and Boris's big opportunity

    The weird weather's still around but nature's soldiering on and is alight with action. The lawn I laid earlier this year is now thriving and has brought in a much wider range of birds to my garden. I've more thrushes, a wren, more finches and even a new blackbird challenging the resident...
  • Blog Post: Blackberry love

    I've almost filled the freezer with this year's blackberries . Big juicy ones plucked from brambly hedges in Ye Olde Hackney town. Now I know what you're thinking. How dare I deprive the poor birds of all that deep velvety berry goodness. Well, I'll make sure I make up for...
  • Blog Post: Get me an injunction!

    I'd like to talk to you about footballer Rxxx Xxxxx, but that's old news now. I want an injunction on sustainability, then maybe we'd see some interest from our news media in the shocking state (and decline) of our wildlife . I admit we're not talking sexy species like tigers and elephants...
  • Blog Post: Watery wonders

    Two new reports have shed new light on life on earth. The first claims to have found the world's oldest living organism and the second writes off that old phrase... 'there are plenty more fish in the sea'. The Mediteranean Sea is home to a organism that DNA testing dates as being 200,000...
  • Blog Post: Animal lover

    My daughters laugh at me. Openly. I've checked my flies and they're closed; there's no spinach stuck between my teeth and no one drew a moustache on me whilst I dozed in my chair. So, I was forced to ask, 'what's so funny?' It's when I start to talk about nature and...
  • Blog Post: I am not a bird

    Coots, moorhens, mallard, swans, geese, pigeons, crows, grey herons and even a couple of smew dotted the ice covering Regent's Park's lakes yesterday morning. They all seemed happy enough and some poked their heads under water through holes in the ice. Sometimes I wish I was a bird. That I...
  • Blog Post: City breaks

    A study of bird numbers, used to reflect the health of our environment, has revealed a north and south divide; with birds doing better in the north than they are in the south. It's a huge generalisation, but it does paint a fairly desperate picture, and that's where we are. Politicians and...
  • Blog Post: Reaping what you sow

    The other night I was inspired and motivated in equal measure as I attended the launch of the Natural History Museum's new exhibition, " Extinction - Not the end of the world ". It was an amazing scene in the Central Hall with the dinosaur skeleton lit red and the lights in the vast...
  • Blog Post: George Osborne's Autumn Speech

    Two of the many great things about London are the River Thames and the large number of open spaces you can escape to, spaces where you can cycle, fish, run, play, walk your dog, watch the world go by or simply rage against the machine. Much of London's infrastructure, from its sewers right through...
  • Blog Post: Pickled think

    The successful development of the Thames Estuary is our birthright. That was the assertion of the Rt Hon Eric Pickles, above, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The Banner behind him reads 'Greater Thames' and he was speaking at the official launch of our Futurescape...
  • Blog Post: EC Rider

    You are looking so good! Ladies and gentlemen. Let's ride. Thank you to everyone who wrote to EC President Jose Manuel Barroso. 11,500 people took time out let him and his EC colleagues know what they thought about plans to cut environmental funding from the Common Agriculture Policy, revealed...
  • Blog Post: Jailbirds, bankers - let's Par-Tay!

    Frazzled. Everyone's frazzled and it's not just the air temperature. Defra's been frazzled by proposals to control buzzards around country estates where people pay to shoot pheasants. Suggestions included capturing buzzards and destroying nests around the estates. Eviction and imprisonment...
  • Blog Post: Thomas and the trackside habitation

    It was a beautiful morning in the city of Sondon but the Fat Controller was not happy. "My really useful engine is in the wrong place and its all the fault of those nasty conservationists." He harumphed, stamped his foot and clenched his fists. The previous day, Thomas, a cheeky, fussy little...
  • Blog Post: This way to reality baggage check area

    Lobbyists have been working hard cajoling reporters and editors this past week or two. What they must have spent pushing their pimped plans for a glossy airport they claim will solve all our ills could probably write off the national debt. Yes, I agree they could reclaim land from the Thames Estuary...
  • Blog Post: The engine's cannae take it Captain!

    Taking a Star Trek approach to development is not a good idea, but before the newly announced Thames Airport review even gets started, Mayor Johnson's on the Today programme asserting his belief that it can and will be built. The very real danger to planes and human lives of bird strike posed...
  • Blog Post: Counting, food and the power of individuals

    Look out the window right now. Do see any house sparrows? I don't. In the nineties, London lost seven out of every ten sparrows and there were fears the cockney sparra could soon be extinct in the Capital. Bear in mind that this little grey and brown bird has more or less colonised the world,...
  • Blog Post: J'Thames

    It's awesome. Standing on Southwark Bridge as I was the other day, looking over the edge in to the river. The sheer volume and movement of water is astounding and mesmerizing. Is the Thames London's greatest but most ignored asset? It's a muddy emerald of a river that used to be the Capital's...
  • Blog Post: Londoners unite and demand a healthier countryside for your money

    If you're going out with mates this evening and everyone's having a great time, stop it dead by saying the following out loud: "Today marks the fifth anniversary of laws preventing people from paving over front gardens without planning permission". Life and soul of the party you...
  • Blog Post: Known unknowns and unkown knowns

    Conservation is not about setting things in aspic, it's about natural balance ; getting the best outcome for wildlife, people and our economy. The Thames Tunnel , which should prevent raw sewage spewing into the Thames as it passes through our Capital City in the 21st Century, is a typical example...
  • Blog Post: Sorry starling fans

    I apologise. I give in. I didn't mean it. SORRY! When I said there are no starling murmurations in London anymore in an interview about the Big Garden Birdwatch on BBC London, what I meant was that you don't see those huge, dense clouds of starlings that London once enjoyed. Yes. I know there...
  • Blog Post: I'm calling for a riot, a riot of colour!

    Wasn't the weekend glorious? Saturday was the first day this year I was able to get outdoors and tart-up my garden. I cut the grass, forked over borders, gathered up fallen leaves, cleared old growth, sowed some seeds and enjoyed coming across some of the things that share this space. There was...
  • Blog Post: Red tape wraps up

    Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman's reassuring the RSPB, and the thousands who voiced concerns , that legal protection for the environment will remain as " strong as ever ". Phew. Job done? Not yet! While her announcement is welcome, the details of the full "Red Tape Challenge"...