Monthly Archives: September 2013

The natural environment vs fossil fuels 1: Yasuní National Park, Ecuador

I can now relate to the opening lines of this National Geographic piece, which describes the early morning orchestra of rainforest sounds and the heavy, wet leaves which brush up against your face as you make your way through the undergrowth. I’m based in Borneo, but the NatGeo piece was written about one of the other most biodiverse places in the world, the Yasuní National Park in Ecuador. Yasuní has rightly been recognised by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve […]

Who’s living in a fairytale? Gamekeeping, Countryfile and Springwatch

Last time I watched an episode of Springwatch and saw jackdaws taking swallow chicks from the nest it felt pretty real and heart-wrenching to me. Speaking to the Telegraph, Alex Hogg, head of the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association has said that television programmes such as Springwatch and Countryfile offer viewers a cotton-wool, fairytale vision of the countryside that doesn’t reflect reality. I grew up in the countryside, have worked and lived there almost all my life, and many of my family […]

What to do with our woodlands

The Woodland Trust has been asked to respond to a new Government stakeholder survey about the future of the UK’s forests. I know what I want done with them, but what about you? You can fill in the survey here.

Yesterday’s EU biofuels vote bad news for orangutans

This morning I awoke to the sound of bearded pigs rustling in the undergrowth and gibbons singing from the treetops. Not too far from the boundary of the forest camp, a male orangutan crashed through the trees and then bellowed a long call that carried for over a mile. The Sabangau rainforest is home to the world’s largest populations of orangutans and Southern Bornean gibbons, but places like this are increasingly under threat across southeast Asia from conversion to oil […]

Baby orangutan

My first ever photo of a wild orangutan. This is baby Icarus, just over one year old, hitching a lift on his mother Indy.