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Blackwater Blog is an online scrapbook of words and pictures about anything in nature from springtails to sparrowhawks. It can be read if you click here There is a new piece on Opticron optics and Aigas.


Every few weeks I post a Photo of the Month, an image of something striking or seasonal. Click the pic  to see it. This month it is of my favourite part of all nature: abundance - here in the form of 30-40,000 pink-footed geese .. oh yes and a rather wonderful dawn light.

Photo of the Month



'The man of most science is the man most alive,

whose life is the greatest event.' Henry Thoreau                                                                                    

© Mark Cocker 2018

We're only just in October but I already feel myself on the home straight for this completely packed year. Just six more to go of the total 46 events I've done for the new book Our Place (click title for details), which has had a great critical reception. Here are reviews in The Observer by Alex Preston and The New Statesman by Richard Smyth. In the Sunday Times Christopher Hart called it 'a sobering and magnificent work'.


I'm looking forward to a more carefully organised 2019. There are already some great things upcoming: in April, for one, the Vintage paperback of Our Place, then in July the publication of a new book Claxton II: More Field Notes from a Small Planet.


I also have some exciting wildlife and writing courses on which there are still places, including an eight-day circumnavigation of Lake Prespa that takes in Greece, Albania and Macedonia from 20-27 May 2019. I'm running a repeat writing course in glorious Extremadura, Spain, where a visit to see the fellow above (c150 black and griffon vultures within a few metres of the hide) should supply enough raw nature to get anyone scribbling. If you are interested please click and let me know here.

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