Man versus bird

Despite often thought of as bringers of good fortune, it’s been an unlucky time of late for birds in this country. What with the furore first over licences to kill thousands of endangered birds and then over the netting of trees and hedgerows to prevent our feathered friends from nesting. Hard times if you’re a…

Soil’s super hero

I don’t know about you but worms are not generally something I tend to give a second thought. Until the other day when my brother pointed out a seagull doing what looked like a nifty tap dance but was actually the gull drumming the ground to fool unsuspecting worms below into thinking that it was…

Poems that the earth writes upon the sky

When it comes to trees, passions can run high. Just think of the outcry last year when Sheffield residents realised that the city council had chopped down more than 5000 street trees in the previous five years, with another 12,000 set to go over the next 20 years. Many were perfectly healthy with decades still…