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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

Why I think Avaaz is pants but bogs are brilliant, Notebook

Why I think Avaaz is pants but bogs are brilliant

Harsh. Really I should like Avaaz, the online petition forum which uses international people-power to lobby for defenceless minorities on a global scale.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 1 February 2013 at 12:46 pm

5000 Mile Project: Stop Bugging Me! Or is it time to reconsider our relationship with insects?, Notebook

5000 Mile Project: Stop Bugging Me! Or is it time to reconsider our relationship with insects?

Buzzing in your ear, crawling over your skin, coiled in your boot or lying drunken in a woozy cloud of rotten apples. It takes a particular personality to appreciate the virtues of our six and eight-legged neighbours.

By | Notebook | Monday, 21 January 2013 at 1:33 pm

5000 Mile Project: The Carretera Austral; Can it really be “improved”?, Notebook

5000 Mile Project: The Carretera Austral; Can it really be “improved”?

We’re Ecologists. Ecologists don’t like roads. Yet here we find ourselves running over 5000 miles all points north along every conceivable road that South America can throw at us.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 at 4:00 am

Supreme Court condemns India to the risk of Virtual Tigers, Notebook

Supreme Court condemns India to the risk of Virtual Tigers

Is it better for a tiger sometimes to feel harassed by hordes of noisy tourists, or be killed by poachers? That is the simple question raised by one of the most ill-advised edicts ever issued by India’s Supreme Court, which last week backed a misguided conservationist lobby and banned all tourism in the core areas of the country’s 40-plus tiger reserves.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 30 July 2012 at 12:24 pm

Accidental Nature: The Listening Ears, Notebook

Accidental Nature: The Listening Ears

I’ve just had the most amazing few weeks filming some very personal films for this year’s Springwatch. The basic idea of them was to be Landscape films, each with a different theme to explore.  Dungeness, the Southern most tip of Kent, was one of my favorite locations and its theme was energy.
Its an area of [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 23 May 2012 at 12:00 am

Accidental Nature: Our compost companions, Notebook

Accidental Nature: Our compost companions

The Christmas cooking is done. The entertaining is over. The holidaying is complete. And surrounding me now are the remnants of what has gone before.

Most of it is spilling out of the recycling area of the kitchen. Paper, bottles, plastic wrappers and rotting food. It will disappear as if by magic, when the recycling fairies arrive to take it away. Unfortunately, unlike the tooth fairies, the recycling species don’t leave money.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 11 January 2012 at 11:20 am

Accidental Nature: Secret seals of the south east, Notebook

Accidental Nature: Secret seals of the south east

This week I’m the guest presenter on Autumnwatch, tracking down the secret seals of the South East. This population of grey and common seals, ranging from the Thames Estuary down to the Straights of Dover, has probably been around for a very, very long time, but the problem is, no one really knows. Unlike seals up in Scotland and along the Norfolk coast, these seals are pretty much unstudied. Hence the tag “secret seals”.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 3 November 2011 at 10:00 am

Accidental Nature: The benefits of human waste, Notebook

Accidental Nature: The benefits of human waste

I’m now well into filming for this year’s Autumnwatch series and already we’ve come across plenty of stories that apply very well to Accidental Nature.
The first films involved tracking the migration of young Osprey chicks from their nest site in the Dyfi Estuary in Wales, to their overwintering grounds in West Africa. The chicks have [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 3:30 pm

Accidental Nature: Victorians and their love of killing things, Notebook

Accidental Nature: Victorians and their love of killing things

I spent much of last week in the beautiful surroundings of the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland, on a recce for this year’s Autumnwatch, investigating a story about deer. It’s a stunning landscape, with vast sweeping vistas of forests, mountains and lochs. The air was crystal clear and from the top of the Cairn Gorm Mountain Railway the views were spectacular. It just felt so wild and untouched. But of course, it’s not, far from it.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 24 August 2011 at 12:17 pm

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