Paul Evans nature writer,
Guardian Country Diarist, playwright, poet,
broadcaster & environmental journalist
Companion to Wildlife Gardening by Chris Baines
A brand-new edition of the best-selling book How to Make a Wildlife Garden is to be published by the Royal Horticultural Society and Frances Lincoln on 1 September, under the title The RHS Companion To Wildlife Gardening.
The original was published as long ago as 1985 and has been continuously in print since then. The new book has been completely updated and redesigned, and the opportunity to review the past 31 years has been extremely interesting. It is particularly satisfying to see the new book published as The RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening. You may know that the original was launched at Chelsea Flower Show, where I made the first ever Chelsea Wildlife Garden. In 1985 the RHS were so confused by the very idea, that my Chelsea Medal was inscribed to J C Baines for a WILDFIRE garden. Read more at ....
Name this creature: How to scientifically name a species
By Amber Beavis
Putting a name on a new species is one of the most exciting parts of taxonomic research, but also one of the most important because — unlike common names — a scientific name is unique to one species. But how are they decided?
'The blob': how marine heatwaves are causing unprecedented climate chaos
First seabirds started falling out of the sky, washing up on beaches from California to Canada.
Then emaciated and dehydrated sea lion pups began showing up, stranded and on the brink of death.
A surge in dead whales was reported in the same region, and that was followed by the largest toxic algal bloom in history seen along the Californian coast. Mixed among all that there were population booms of several marine species that normally aren’t seen surging in the same year.
The fight for beauty by Fiona Reynolds
In the month since the Brexit vote I – like many people I know – have veered from feeling sick, wanting to wake up and find it was all a bad dream, to wondering what on earth (dreadful) could happen next. But fundamentally I’m an optimist so I couldn’t stay gloomy forever. Now I’m shifting into a new gear – a determination to do all I can to make sure that this event isn’t a disaster for the countryside, nature, cultural heritage.