Iceland Blue Whale: Boycott the Industry NOT the Country

On social media in recent days many people have been calling for a boycott on travel to, and products from, Iceland following the killing of what is believed to be a blue whale by a whaling company. But is that the right way to approach the issue? By the same token should we boycott France … Continue reading Iceland Blue Whale: Boycott the Industry NOT the Country

Friendly Green City

Last week I visited Geneva and I wasn't sure what to expect at first, having booked a college trip for my students almost exclusively to visit CERN (although there's plenty to see and do). It is a truly multicultural and cosmopolitan place, with four official languages and the home of some of the world's biggest … Continue reading Friendly Green City

Getting Back to Nature in Beautiful Borrowdale

I love camping, there's something very relaxing about sleeping under canvas and switching off from technology. Unusually for us, it's been a whole year since we last camped, partly because we spent some time abroad last summer and we moved house, but also partly because winter didn't end here until seemingly May day bank holiday … Continue reading Getting Back to Nature in Beautiful Borrowdale

Book Discussion Series #2: The Lynx and Us

I could hardly contain my excitement when this came through the post a couple of weeks ago. I mean, just look at it... A very beautiful thing indeed. It's also extremely informative, balanced and well-written. Penned by Ecologist David Hetherington in scientific, yet lyrical prose, and punctuated with luminous photography from Laurent Geslin, the book … Continue reading Book Discussion Series #2: The Lynx and Us

A Bit Of Scotland’s Wild Places On John Muir Day

About John Muir Everything I've written lately seems very serious, so I wanted to take a step back and write something a little more fun. As it's John Muir Day today (and the conservationist's 180th birthday) I thought I'd do a little post about his home nation of Scotland and our recent visit there. John … Continue reading A Bit Of Scotland’s Wild Places On John Muir Day