Spent a fascinating morning with an ornithologist learning to recognise birds by their song. I learned some incredible things. Did you know, for instance, that birds have regional accents? That a Russian chaffinch pipes a different tune to a British one?
Read about my experience here in the York Press
Lessons in Birdsong: York Press
And my tips for learning to recognise birdsong are summerised in Country Living here
Country Living Online: Learning Birdsong
Gone are the days when being a child meant running wild outside and getting muddy. Now children are kept close, clean and safe on the sofa.
But as the nation despairs at how the next generation is losing touch with nature, I talked to a family bucking the trend. Published in Living Magazine, The York Press and the Gazette & Herald March 2014
Read my feature on the Earl of Halifax’s lessons in rural life, published in The Yorkshire Post on July 8th 2013.
The York Press
Times-A-Changing: Forget the mucky boots and straw hat. The modern farmer is more likely to carry a smart phone and wear a string of letters after his name…..
My piece on ex-head teacher is published in the The Telegraph Obituaries column and also picked up by the Vancouver Sun. Follow the link to read it
And also in the Vancouver Sun
Teaching children country ways
Forget about teaching inner city kids countryside ways, country kids need lessons too. My latest feature in The Yorkshire Post
Once on the brink of extinction, otters are one again making a splash in Yorkshire’s rivers. Click on the link below to read my double page spread on an exhibition honouring otters. http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/features/features/10037750.Wild_about_otters/