Nature

Why does no-one know what British wild flowers look like? And why it matters

2 July 2019 14:58

About this time of year, two sorts of pictures end up doing the rounds on social media. The first is…

Green sentimentalists forget something: nature is utterly brutal

22 January 2016 12:11

Wild Lone is one of the most violent books I’ve ever read. It was published just before the last war and…

The real battle of the Highlands: capercaillie versus pine marten

11 October 2013 12:20

A real-life Wind in the Willows war has broken out. Except this time, the war isn’t between the Weasels and…

Forget about ‘rewilding’: we should be focusing on the species that we do still have

28 June 2013 16:05

The buzzword of the moment seems to be ‘rewilding’. George Monbiot, the Guardian columnist and environmentalist has a new vision…

Life of Pi asks questions of man, not God

8 January 2013 10:00

I’m conducting an experiment: Life of Pi concerns a basic metaphor about faith, how is that metaphor rendered in print and…

Setting sail

18 July 2012 9:00

The sea has always been a powerful stimulant for the literary imagination, most famously, of course, for the likes of…

Science or starvation

6 May 2012 13:20

Here, for CoffeeHousers, is an extended version of the leader column in this week’s magazine. It takes on the green…