Highland birchwood: are they cyclical?

Recently I was walking round Ferry Wood with a Swiss ecologist who works at the University of Ulster. He pointed  out areas to the north of the wood which exclusively consist of birch: birch of an even age. He explained

Highland birchwood: are they cyclical?

Recently I was walking round Ferry Wood with a Swiss ecologist who works at the University of Ulster. He pointed  out areas to the north of the wood which exclusively consist of birch: birch of an even age. He explained

Deer fence: monitoring vegetational change

A deer fence has gone up around and within Ferry Wood. For most of its length it follows the wood boundary, separating it from the surrounding pasture, but for a few hundred metres it runs through the wood itself. The

Deer fence: monitoring vegetational change

A deer fence has gone up around and within Ferry Wood. For most of its length it follows the wood boundary, separating it from the surrounding pasture, but for a few hundred metres it runs through the wood itself. The

Final report published! — Where have all the flowers gone?

I thought you might be interested to know that I have just finished the report of the main findings from my Churchill Fellowship, and it is now available to download from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website, or follow the

Final report published! — Where have all the flowers gone?

I thought you might be interested to know that I have just finished the report of the main findings from my Churchill Fellowship, and it is now available to download from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website, or follow the

Nature unchecked

I am always bowled over by the complexity of life forms in places where biodiversity is allowed to express itself. One of those places is Bishop Middleham quarry in Co. Durham. The quarry has been abandoned for 80 or so

Nature unchecked

I am always bowled over by the complexity of life forms in places where biodiversity is allowed to express itself. One of those places is Bishop Middleham quarry in Co. Durham. The quarry has been abandoned for 80 or so

More rewilding, less sitka

The Scottish Government has now recognised that there is a Climate Emergency. One of the ways it says it will respond is by the mass planting of trees. This intention is simplistic and speaks to an unhelpful attitude towards the

More rewilding, less sitka

The Scottish Government has now recognised that there is a Climate Emergency. One of the ways it says it will respond is by the mass planting of trees. This intention is simplistic and speaks to an unhelpful attitude towards the

Resilient Land: 4 key habitats

In previous posts I’ve explored four key habitats of my bioregion: Peatlands, Freshwater, Scrub and Celtic rainforest. Unfortunately they are far from flourishing at the moment, but if the situation were to change they would make a big contribution to

Resilient Land: 4 key habitats

In previous posts I’ve explored four key habitats of my bioregion: Peatlands, Freshwater, Scrub and Celtic rainforest. Unfortunately they are far from flourishing at the moment, but if the situation were to change they would make a big contribution to

Aspen – help it thrive

On Saturday Carina went on an Aspen workshop run by Peter Livingstone of Eadha (Gaelic for Aspen). She was so inspired that the next day we went to a stand near Ferry Wood and took some root cuttings, which she

Aspen – help it thrive

On Saturday Carina went on an Aspen workshop run by Peter Livingstone of Eadha (Gaelic for Aspen). She was so inspired that the next day we went to a stand near Ferry Wood and took some root cuttings, which she