The idea of “rewilding” the environment with depleted species seems sound. But, warns John Burnside, we mustn’t manipulate the world — which wasn’t built around us — just to suit our impractical fantasies.
In our Nature column, poet Ruth Padel considers the tortoise - the animal which refuses to be read.
In our Nature column, Sophie Elmhirst tips her toe along Dorset's Jurassic Coast to discover the reality of sea-swimming on home turf.
Diversity is a mark of richness and environmental health - and birds are its flag-bearers.
You have to go back in time a long way to find pastoral writing that doesn't mourn the shrinking diversity in our wild places. The pastoral has given was to new "nature writers". If they were put in charge of the countryside, these islands would become a
We depend on insects for our existence, yet we abuse them casually.
Dutch elm disease is a tragic thing to watch, but we shouldn't be too gloomy. Woody vegetation responds, adapts, regroups. What emerges in its recovery stage may not be the same as before, but it will always be a vital, dynamic, arboreal community.
We need our meadows and oceans to teem with wild creatures. The badger cull is a sign of our broken relationship with the natural world.
Gravity is not just a limitation, but a potential partner in exploring the world.
Where the wild things are.