Badgered to death, Dominic Dyer

The Great British Badger Debate

I have a confession to make. For all my pride in living in London, I’m really a countryside kid. I don’t mean that I grew up grouse-shooting or fox-hunting — my background is nowhere near as privileged as that — but I’m countryside enough to have grown up in East Anglia, to have experienced getting…

Wild life drawing live animals for Batfest

Drawing class at Woodberry Wetlands’ BatFest

Last weekend I attended my second class at Woodberry Wetlands in London. After such a wonderful experience at their Wildlife Photography day course at the start of the summer, I couldn’t have signed up quicker when my inbox pinged with word of Woodberry’s BatFest 2016. The thing that most caught my attention was a two-hour…

Dr Brian May and Kate on Conservation at fox hunting protest

Fox hunting: Holding on to hope

In the four years that I’ve been keeping this blog, I haven’t once written about fox hunting. Not once. Which is particularly surprising when I consider that the first ever piece of ‘conservation-themed’ writing I ever did was a persuasive letter to the then Prime Minister, John Major, asking him to put an end to…

Kate Snowdon and Pollyanna Pickering

Artistic inspiration from Pollyanna Pickering

This month, I turned 25 – which makes me 5 years younger than Discovery Communications, and 6 years younger than the Born Free Foundation. It was a lot of fun counting down to my special day in the Discovery way, with Discovery’s #BeDiscovery social media campaign celebrating the company’s (and employees’) special achievements; conveniently coinciding…

badger attack

Culling Complications

Starting my final year of university has been hard work. Now in week 6, I’m beginning to wonder just where my time back at Hertfordshire is disappearing to, and I’m certainly missing my exchange university in Australia. Whilst the change in wildlife is obvious (Britain’s countrysides aren’t exactly as ‘wild’ as the bush and scrubland…