Paul Evans nature writer, 

Guardian Country Diarist, playwright, poet, 

broadcaster & environmental journalist 

Paul Evans Nature writer
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Why the elder is a gift of wonders Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 5 October 2016

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Robin's alarm flashes red for danger across the green space Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 28 September 2016

New Books by Little Toller

Arboreal Bringing together the finest, and best-known, names in contemporary writing, a new anthology that explores the many strands of what woodlands mean to us. A landmark publication, it will appeal widely to many readers. Contributors include: Richard Mabey, Germaine Greer, Ali Smith, Simon Armitage, Paul Kingsnorth, Paul Evans, Richard Skelton, Tobias Hill, Jay Griffiths, Peter Marren, Rob Penn, Madeleine Bunting, Kathleen Jamie, William Boyd, Tim Dee, Evie Wyld, etc.

Found Stories

The Curative Harp by Virginia Astley 

Winner of the Food for Poetry Chapbook Competition 

The Curative Harp by Virginia Astley

Britain’s Oldest ‘Great Circles’ Were Built by Ancient Astronomers

Science News 

 

'New research published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports has statistically proven that the earliest standing stone monuments of Britain were constructed specifically in line with the movements of the Sun and Moon, around 3000 BC'.

 

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Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth's wilderness in 25 years – study

by Adam Vaughan The Guardian  

Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth’s remaining wilderness in the last 25 years and there may be none left within a century if trends continue, according to an authoritative new study.

 

Researchers found a vast area the size of two Alaskas – 3.3m square kilometres – had been tarnished by human activities between 1993 and today, which experts said was a “shockingly bad” and “profoundly large number”.

 

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We are sleepingwalking into catastrophy

by Mark Goldring 

Resurgence and Ecologist Magaizine 

 

“Slow onset emergency” is one of the most terrifying phrases you can hear in the Oxfam offices. Tsunamis and earthquakes scare us all, but the threat of a gradual, developing crisis like that posed by the El Niño weather system raises a different fear – that we will see suffering in slow motion. It’s hard to raise the alarm that millions of people face drought and hunger when the crisis builds cumulatively. Yet failed harvests that push families into poverty, communities forced to leave home, and conflict over limited resources all combine to spell disaster on a massive scale. It seems that as humans we find it all too easy to sleepwalk into a catastrophe until it is upon us.

 

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RESURGENCE 50: ONE EARTH, ONE HUMANITY, ONE FUTURE

Three-day special event celebrating Resurgence magazine's 50th anniversary.

Thu 22 - Sun 25 Sep 2016

At Worcester College, Oxford

FEATURING

Over 50 leading international speakers and change-makers. Stirring dance and music performances. 

 

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Photograph © Maria Nunzia @Varvera

Photographs by Maria Nunzia @Varvera 

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A tide is turning for the swallows Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 14 September 20016

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Feeding sparrows on Holy Island: an ethical dilemma Guardian Country Diary Holy Island 7 September 2016

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Young rabbit considers us as a threat Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 24 August 2016

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The Clearing Little Toller's journal for new writing Rain Sideways by Paul Evans A response to the Referendum exploring what leaving the EU could mean for conservation, wildlife and our relationship with the land.

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Adapted for land, but snails remain creatures of water Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 10 August 2016

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Thistles: the darker side of summer Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 27 July 2016

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This almost-island on the Welsh coast is a nowhere becoming somewhere Guardian Country Diary 13 July 2016

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Orchids paint the hill a sadder shade of pink Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 6 July 2016

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A summer of rain, roses and nightingales Guardian Country Diary 22 June 2016

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A bird in the house disturbs the order of things Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 8 June 2016

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Life-affirming flash of colour in the hedgerow Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 1 June 2016

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Spring happens all at once, and the woods feel giddy Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 25 May 2016

Thrushling tests the edges

Thrushling tests the edges of its hedge-world Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 11 May 2016

Floating crowfoot

Floating crowfoot toughs it out with the frogs Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 4 May 2016

It's getting steamy in the hedgerow

It's getting steamy in the hedgerow Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 27 April 2016

Towers in a landscape

Towers in a landscape Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 13 April 2016

Crow and the vernal egg

Crow and the vernal egg Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 31 March 2016

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The Gothic Charm of Cormorants Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 24 February 2016

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An extract from Herbaceous   by Paul Evans, published by Little Toller Books Yellow. p.28

A Monstrous Thing

A Monstrous Thing An extract from Field Notes From The Edge by Paul Evans, published by Rider Books, 2015 Chapter 3. Strand p.38 - p.41

Snowdrop

Snowdrop An extract from Herbacoues  by Paul Evans, published by Little Toller Books White. p.33 - p.34

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The light that made me blink

Of wild doves and snowdrops

3 February 2016 Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge The pigeon cocked a conspiratorial eye at the dog as we walked by. A wind ferocious enough to peel the bird from its perch and blow it away had little effect. The pigeon sat out the squall with saintly patience.

Snipe are inspectors of rainstorms

13 January 2016 Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge. The snipe are not skulking, they’re invisible. Six stand together in the rushes beside Venus Pool, six winged probes the colour of winter marshes,

Something hungry moves in the trees

The feeling of just being watched does not make this place eldritch. A strange, otherworldly, wood, it can feel unsettling at the best of times.... Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 6 January 2016

Nature photographs by Maria Nunzia @Varvera

Floating in the fog free of meanings. Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 9 January 2016

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