Saturday 4 May 2019

What I've Been Reading Online No. 6

Snow falling, May 3

Some more of my online reading, covering the last month, mostly on rewilding and conservation. To break up the long list I've added some recent photographs

The John o’ Groats Trail – Filling the Gap north of Inverness

An interesting new trail described by its ranger and creator. I might go and have a look at this.

Death of a Glacier

The story and significance of the Lyell Glacier in Yosemite National Park

Parakeets, "pests", and the problem of ethical wildlife control

Conservationist Hugh Webster on the problem of the knee-jerk killing anything that might cause a problem without considering other options.

Restoring biodiversity through rewilding

A positive piece by Mark Avery on the need for rewilding.

Two-thirds of glacier ice in the Alps 'will melt by 2100'

Damian Carrington looks at the worrying and sad disappearance of ice in the Alps. 

Are we loving our wild landscapes to death?

Susan Flockhart on the rise in visitor numbers in Scotland the effect on wild places.

It's wrong-headed to protect nature with human-style rights

Law professor Anna Grear explains why she thinks it's unwise to apply human rights to nature

Why do we feed wild birds?

An interesting investigation by ornithologist Dave Clark

Joining the dots between the Clearances, colonialism, land reform and climate change

Land reform is important in combating climate change says Mairi McFadyen.


Findhorn Beach, May 1

Some lessons from Glen Etive

David Lintern was one of the people behind the Save Glen Etive campaign. Here he looks at the lessons that can be taken from this defeat for conservation.

A Diet of Worms 

A fascinating beautifully illustrated look at the importance of marine worms by biologist Paul Sterry. 

Climate change, fires and why we need to rewild grouse moors – starting with our National Parks

Nick Kempe of Parkswatch Scotland on muirburn, rewilding and climate change.

Into thin air: Carol Ann Duffy presents poems about our vanishing insect world

Powerful and moving poetry.

Hunting for the Wild 

Ben MacDonald, author of the new book Rebirding, which I'm looking forward to reading, demolishes the case for driven grouse shooting. 

What lies beneath: Robert Macfarlane travels 'Underland'

Robert Macfarlane writes about the world underground, the subject of his latest book, another I'm looking forward to reading.

The stories behind the notebooks that documented Rob Macfarlane's travels underground

Here Robert Macfarlane looks at the notebooks he kept during the journeys that led to his latest book.

Why Green Pledges Will Not Create the Natural Forests We Need

To combat climate change new forests need to be natural not monoculture plantations says Fred Pearce. 

Lesser celandine, April 29









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