By Ian McMillan - 28 February 03:56
In our nature column, Ian McMillan visits Cat Hill, Jump and other eccentrically named locations.
By Richard Mabey - 06 February 04:14
In <em>White Beech: the Rainforest Years</em>, Germaine Greer is on a mission to save the ecology of southern Australia.
By John Burnside - 06 February 08:43
People like Chris Huhne are willing to talk the talk while in office, but they will usually capitulate to business interests.
By Alice Robb - 16 January 09:04
There are two competing theories.
By Ian McMillan - 05 December 08:19
My village, just outside Barnsley on the A635, used to supply the workers for lots of coal mines: Darfield Main, Grimethorpe, Houghton Main, Dearne Valley Drift, Goldthorpe, Barnburgh, Cortonwood; names of closed pits ringing like bells.
By Ian Steadman - 28 November 12:54
Sure, a gif of a man getting drenched in exploding whale guts is hilarious, but it could have been worse.
By Ruth Padel - 24 October 01:16
The disappearance of frogs and toads contributes to the appalling modern phenomenon that conservationists are now encountering everywhere: “trophic cascade”.
By John Burnside - 03 October 11:05
Like a human infant, a young bird begins with an inherited, hard-wired gift for the song language of its species and, like human beings, each has a sensitive period when it learns how to sing from a parent or (in laboratory studies) a “tutor”.
By John Burnside - 12 September 10:50
High Alpine meadows, like their near relatives prairie and wetland, teach us to consider the world from a fresh perspective.
By John Burnside - 28 August 07:21
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.