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Thirty-minute birder series: Run Birding

There has to be a way of squeezing in more birding when you’ve not got much time, and, oh yes, there is, but it won’t suit everyone. This article for lovely Bird Watching Magazine was a great excuse to grill my friend Sharon and others on how they combine running with their birdwatching and to […]

Thirty-minute birder series: Man’s best friend, but not a bird’s…

This was probably the most tricky article I’ve written, closely followed by one about rare plant reintroductions. Both controversial topics and in both cases you know that most people will think you didn’t go far enough in one direction or the other. On the other hand I did meet some lovely people as I often […]

Thirty-minute birder series: Pedal power – Bird Watching Magazine

I’m always on the look out for ways of tricking myself into getting more exercise so birding by bike is the obvious solution to adding to #My200BirdYear in the May 2022 issue.

Thirty-minute birder series: Take the Aire – Bird Watching Magazine

Visiting the university was a great opportunity to squeeze in some birdwatching in Leeds, and thanks to the generosity of some local birders, in particular Abi and Hep aka The Considerate Birders, I had a great time.

Thirty-minute birder series: Car park birding – Bird Watching Magazine

So I was wondering if nature-writing noir is a thing? The perfect marriage between my two favourite genres of creative writing. Writing this article about enjoying birds in car parks was the perfect opportunity to dip in a toe – as let’s face it, you know something bad’s going to happen in a thriller when […]

Thirty-minute-birder series: Holiday romance – BIRD WATCHING MAGAZINE

In which I squeeze in some birdwatching on a family holiday and chat to impressive teenage birder, Zach Pannifer, about gull identification…

Thirty-minute birder series: there yesterday, gone today – Bird Watching Magazine

It’s so much fun writing these articles for Bird Watching Magazine and I meet such interesting birders out there. In this one in the January 2022 issue, I have some success with what I like to call mini-twitching.

Thirty-minute birder series: Trainspotting – Bird Watching Magazine

Here’s my latest article in the December 2021 issue of the very lovely Bird Watching Magazine. It was a great excuse for a chat with inspirational birder and conservationist, Ruth Tingay, and good to hear from others about the experiences they’d had spotting birds while travelling. Thanks to all the contributors – I couldn’t do […]

The thirty-minute birder – fourth article in the series for Bird Watching Magazine

I’m having such a lovely time writing these articles for the wonderful Bird Watching Magazine. And it’s a great excuse to chat to some really interesting people. This one features Dr Jonathan Reeves (Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Chantelle Lindsay (London Wildlife Trust) and Cindy Howells, a birder and geologist I met up with in Cardiff. […]

The thirty-minute birder – third article in series for Bird watching magazine

This was another reminder how incredibly lucky I am to write about nature for a living and get to talk to birding people like Lev Parikian, Ruth Miller and Dave Clark. Burgess Park is an absolute jewel – so good when my home borough, Southwark, gets it right. And always wowed by the page designs […]