Tuesday, 18 June 2019

What I've Been Reading Online No.7

Tree walking, May 4


With the TGO Challenge taking up two weeks of May and much catching up to do since I returned I've not posted an online reading update for six weeks. Finally here's the next one. I enjoyed reading all these pieces.

OUTDOORS
This entertaining and informative piece from Paul Mags first appeared in 2017 but has recently been reposted. I hadn't seen it before. 
 
Interesting comments from Cape Wrath Trail walkers in these interviews by TGO magazine. 
The Guardian article by Phoebe Smith that started a furore. 

Alex Roddie reflects on leaving the Internet behind and comes to some interesting conclusions. 

Andy Howell ponders on the recent spate of deaths in the mountains from lightning strikes in the Highlands to disaster in the Himalayas.

Mountain biking didn't begin with mountain bikes. Helen Pidd tells the fascinating story of the Rough-Stuff Fellowship. Some of the photos of their trips are hair-raising! 

More research showing the importance of nature to our mental and physical health.

Ellie Dimambro-Denson of Cairngorm Connect describes how the Cairngorms inspires her paintings and sketches.


In the Cairngorms, June 7



NATURE & CONSERVATION

Mark Avery reviews an important book on land ownership.

Chris Packham says action is needed and everyone should do something.

Mike Daniels, the John Muir Trust's Head of Land Management, says there is hope we can counter the impoverishment of nature.

A profile of Robert Macfarlane and his new book Underland in The New York Times.

The Unseen Worlds Beneath Us: Places of Beauty, Danger and Wisdom 
Terry Tempest Williams with a wonderful review of Robert Macfarlane's Underland. 

 Phoebe Weston visits Italy to listen to wolves and look for their signs and wonders why so many don't want them here. 

Nick Hunt looks at the rapid spread of parakeets in London and considers some of the myths as to how they got there. 

Keith Morton of the RSPB describes these elusive animals.

Nick Kempe of Parkswatch Scotland looks at the proposed Scottish planning bill and Andy Wightman's proposed amendments for controlling damaging hill tracks. May sound dull but this is important for anyone who cares about wild places in Scotland.

Adder, Cairngorms, May 11
 

Derek Gow tells the story of the amazing beaver and says it's time for a change in how they're regarded.
Dr Ron Summers, the RSPB's Principal Conservation Scientist, gives a glimpse of the history and natural history of one of my favourite local places. 

Death and power in the Highlands John D Burns writes about land ownership and the devastation of the Highlands.
An American in loud cuckoo land is already my highlight of the year
National Trust for Scotland ranger Ben Dolphin is entertained by an American who has only everheard a cuckoo clock before and tells us the story of the cuckoo.


Loch Mallachie, Abernethy Forest, June 3