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Matt Adam Williams

National Coming Out Day, World Mental Health Day

This weekend it has been both World Mental Health Day and National Coming Out Day. Many of you may know that I’ve suffered from depression in the past. I try to be as open and honest as I can about it, without broadcasting it everywhere. I wanted to take this opportunity to put it on the record. I’m mostly fine these days, and have learned a lot about how to cope with triggers or moments when I feel like it […]

John Humphrys and the case of deliberate ignorance.

In a July 2015 episode of the Today programme one of my RSPB colleagues spoke about the half a million people who have signed a petition to protect Europe’s most important wildlife laws. At the time, I remember noting that the interviewer John Humphrys took what seemed to me a weird line of questioning. When Kate from RSPB explained that wildlife isn’t doing well in the UK (or elsewhere) Humphrys said that where he goes for a walk near his […]

Why nature needs a youth movement

The full transcript of my talk at BirdFair 2015. Unlike some, I don’t think young people aren’t interested in nature any more. I even believe that we’re beginning to see a youth movement for nature, by which I mean young people uniting and calling for change that will secure nature’s future. But I’ll come back to that. I’ve loved wildlife since I was a lot younger, and at least a little bit shorter than I am today. Aged seven, I […]

BirdFair Day One Top Five

1. Watching Ian Wallace give a rip-roaring, emotional, once in a lifetime dramatic interpretation of his best ever day’s birding. 2. Saying thank you to Nick Baker for a video message he sent me from BirdFair 2013 when I was out in Borneo. 3. Catching up with the growing youth constituency at BirdFair and friends I only see once every few months. 4. Too. Many. New. Books. 5. Spending it with Megan Shersby, who is enjoying her first ever BirdFair […]

If you want to write, read

I’m writing a talk for next weekend right now. I did a first draft yesterday and it hit all the talking points I wanted to cover. But it felt a little flat for some reason. Something was missing. So I left it and went and read, something completely unrelated. The book I picked up off my bookshelf was raw, full of emotion in the words, and fired me up. Then I sat down again this morning and reworked my draft, […]

The Moth Trap

As other lights go out, This one is lit; this paradox in a box That resists cold April nights, And basks in balmy June two a.m temperatures A beacon across a concrete valley This distant third cousin of the moon, twice removed Doesn’t recognise the strange orange lamps, leering nearby. As hours pass, poetry drips, then trickles, then flows like waterfalls Into this humble wooden box, To be pieced back together after sunrise. Come morning, and we crouch on bended […]

Megan and Matt Go Wild Day 30

Welcome to our joint-blogging series for the Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild Challenge – you can read more about the campaign and ourselves in our introduction page. Matt (in Cambridge) So, I’ve spent the last 30 days going wild. What has this felt like and have I changed in myself or made change in the world? I like to think that posting about this on many days has drawn some people’s own attention to nature. But my blog and social […]

Megan and Matt Go Wild Days 28 and 29

Welcome to our joint-blogging series for the Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild Challenge – you can read more about the campaign and ourselves in our introduction page. Megan (travelling from Scotland to Worcestershire, then to Cambridge) Day 28 No adventures looking for wildlife today, we were on a mission to return from Scotland. It was a long journey, around 10 hours, and often in rain. However, I had a wonderful time admiring various landscapes. The steep-sided vista of the Highlands […]

Megan and Matt Go Wild Day 23

Welcome to our joint-blogging series for the Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild Challenge – you can read more about the campaign and ourselves in our introduction page. Megan (in western Scotland) Another day, another adventure! We headed even further west today, all the way out to Ardnamurchan Point. We also stopped off a couple of times on the way there and back – seeing juvenile buzzards, an awesome moth, a herd of Red Deer, numerous birds including Twite, Whinchat, Stonechat […]

Megan and Matt Go Wild Day 22

Welcome to our joint-blogging series for the Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild Challenge – you can read more about the campaign and ourselves in our introduction page. Matt (in western Scotland) f every day could be like today, life would be perfect, which really shows the value of going wild. By 5am I was looking for otters. And as I’ve just been typing we’ve all dashed outside to see an otter at 9pm at night. I’m now back at the […]