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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Flooding: something Indonesia and the UK have in common right now

Last year the World Bank warned in a report that developing countries would bear the brunt of climate change. Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, was given as an example of a city that would suffer more flooding as sea levels rise. When speaking with a colleague in our forest base camp the other day he told me that the flooding in Jakarta is far more regular today than in previous year. He says it now occurs every three to five years. This […]

Five pillars

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about where my love for nature came from. I’ve loved wildlife since a very young age, but when I try to identify a key moment that inspired me I struggle to put things in order, either chronological or of importance. I’ve decided that there are five key pillars upon which it was founded. 1. TV I’ve been lucky enough to meet the great naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham a couple of times. One […]

Interview: global habitats and the RSPB

This week I spoke with Andrew Impey, Head of Global Habitats for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. He spoke to me about his career in international conservation and the work of the RSPB in saving vultures, albatrosses and rainforests from Sierra Leone to Sumatra. Matt Williams: Why does international conservation matter, particularly when UK wildlife is in such a dire state? Andrew Impey: Charity begins at home and a lot of people care about the birds in […]