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Zagori through 360 Degrees

Monday 16-23 May 2022 STOP PRESS This tour has two last-minute places. Please email me here or go straight to booking here. Zagori is a distinct area of the northern Pindos mountains in Greece close to the western city of Ioannina, the regional capital.… Continue Reading “Zagori through 360 Degrees”

The Unofficial Bookclub

Review No 4 Accidental Flowers by Lily Peters, Arachne Press, £9.99 and Words from the Brink, editor Cherry Potts, Arachne Press, £9.99. This intermittent series of blog posts is intended to profile new but sometimes lesser-known works on environmental themes. Arachne Press is definitely… Continue Reading “The Unofficial Bookclub”

Derbyshire Break 1

with Mark Cocker Mon 25 April – Thurs 28 April 2022 A four-day all-inclusive break to experience the hills and dales of north Derbyshire with multi-award-winning naturalist and author in his home patch. This tour is now full but we will run other breaks soon.… Continue Reading “Derbyshire Break 1”

Derbyshire Break 2

with Mark Cocker Mon 4 July – Thurs 7 July 2022 A four-day all-inclusive summer break to experience the hills and dales of north Derbyshire with multi-award-winning naturalist and author in his home patch. If you would like to go straight to the booking… Continue Reading “Derbyshire Break 2”

The unofficial book club review no 2

Looking at those extraordinary anatomical drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from 510 years ago, which feature a stillborn child plucked from the womb of its deceased mother, you realise that one of the world’s most celebrated artists seldom felt a demarcation between his aesthetic… Continue Reading “The unofficial book club review no 2”

Red Shift: Helping House Martins and Swifts in their time of need?

Last month we got official confirmation about the new national status of swifts and house martins (above) in Britain. Although anyone over 40 years old with even the slighest interest in nature will have watched these glorious summer birds become less and less common.… Continue Reading “Red Shift: Helping House Martins and Swifts in their time of need?”

Unofficial bookclub review no 3

The book that has changed the landcape, for me, is this astonishingly beautifully and technically masterful Europe’s Birds: An Identification Guide by Rob Hume, Robert Still, Andy Swash and Hugh Harrop.