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Richard Mabey’s powers of noticing made him the godfather of “the new nature writing”. At 80, he reflects on depression, class and why the natural world does not exist to make us well
This time last year I went for a very ordinary walk, unaware of the disruption, trauma and solitude that was to come.
Sadly, I realised that these unintended sanctuaries were temporary and would soon fall to the developers.
From Charles Dickens to the Dasgupta report, the story of the oyster holds gritty hope for conservation.
How a proposed amendment to international human rights law could prohibit the systematic destruction of nature.
Each species has its own style; some rise high in the air and hover, scanning the ground for tell-tale signs of movement, while others twist and dart.
I am left feeling unnerved by the sudden presence of a bird wreathed in superstition and legend at my kitchen window.
Dara McAnulty's Diary of a Young Naturalist is written in tumbling, intelligent, young prose that rolls quickly through the year.
Feeling a bit unproductive, I put on my boots and head outside to push broad beans into the earth.
Leaves can indicate the entire condition of an organism, and it repays every gardener to take notice.
There is a great, third kingdom of life lying hidden at our feet – that of the fungi.