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Peter Cooper is an amateur naturalist and wildlife photographer, enrolled to study Zoology at the University of Exeter in 2013. He writes articles and posts photographs on his blog about the diversity of the natural world and the current issues surrounding it. He is particularly keen to show that young people care about wildlife and are prepared to conserve it in the future.

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Diversification of British farming – it’s more than just ditching sheep for alpacas, Notebook

Diversification of British farming – it’s more than just ditching sheep for alpacas

When people think of “diversification” of farming, it tends to be along the lines of ditching sheep for alpacas, or setting up farm shops and public orchards. But all this is fairly pedestrian compared to Devon farmer Derek Gow’s unique specialisation.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 23 October 2013 at 4:00 am

The British wildlife hit list: Species under threat in the UK, Notebook

The British wildlife hit list: Species under threat in the UK

The argument about the badger cull is certainly the most noteworthy wildlife conflict within the UK in recent years – but there are also many other individual species that have received warrants for their extermination.

By | Notebook | Friday, 13 September 2013 at 4:00 am

Saving the natural world: Why we need more conservationists, Notebook

Saving the natural world: Why we need more conservationists

It’s been nearly three months since wildlife conservation in the UK was told ‘it wasn’t really working.’ If I had a pound for every time I’ve read the depressing statistic, in the ‘State of Nature’ report, that “60 per cent of Britain’s wildlife is in decline, with 32 per cent dramatically so” I’d probably have enough money to resolve all of our country’s biodiversity declines at once.

By | Notebook | Monday, 2 September 2013 at 4:00 am

Conservation volunteering with Elephant Human Relations Aid, Notebook

Conservation volunteering with Elephant Human Relations Aid

There are many conservation volunteering opportunities but few have a real impact on conservation. One that does is Elephant Human Relations Aid, based in Swakopmund, Namibia. EHRA seeks to resolve the dramatic tensions between local elephant herds and the communities with whom they have to co-exist. This small charity is already having a positive impact on the lives of both man and elephant – and volunteers are playing a real part in the process as I found when I joined EHRA back in January 2013.

By | Notebook | Monday, 24 June 2013 at 5:33 pm

Pangolins: The extraordinary mammal going extinct but nobody’s noticed, Notebook

Pangolins: The extraordinary mammal going extinct but nobody’s noticed

On Saturday 13th April, law officials inspecting a boat that had struck a coral reef in Tubbataha national marine, off Palawan Island in the Philippines, made a gruesome discovery.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 1 May 2013 at 5:00 am

Where are the young naturalists these days? The next generation of conservationists, Notebook

Where are the young naturalists these days? The next generation of conservationists

Where are the young naturalists these days? Their scarcity has become increasingly apparent in recent years, and so worrying that the National Trust published a paper focused entirely on the issue, and was discussed in grave concern by both Sir David Attenborough and Chris Packham.

By | Notebook, Opinion, Science & Technology | Friday, 28 December 2012 at 4:00 am

David Attenborough: ‘3D is a far greater perception of reality than colour alone’, Notebook

David Attenborough: ‘3D is a far greater perception of reality than colour alone’

Sir David Attenborough continues to expand his incredible repertoire with his latest project, ‘The Penguin King 3D’, a dramatic tale of the incredible life lead by a male King Penguin on the island of South Georgia. I spoke with him ahead of the DVD release to discuss the new dimensions the documentary adds to the world of wildlife film-making.

By | Notebook, Science & Technology | Monday, 19 November 2012 at 4:00 am

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