Hello and thanks for visiting my website. Here’s a bit about me and what you’ll find here… I always wanted to be a writer. At school I got into trouble for making things up and frightening the other pupils with my tall tales. Perhaps it was this negative response that encouraged me to pursue a career telling true stories – in the shape of reporting, journalism and feature writing. (That said, I am also now returning to ‘making things up’ by writing short stories and plodding far too slowly through the first draft of a novel.)

Like most journalists and writers, a good story is what motivates me to write, but nature is also a major inspiration. You’ll find a lot of nature writing here and it’s also the theme of my weekly What are you looking at? newsletter (to which you can subscribe for free here.)

I like to try and write about whatever moves me to do so, but to give readers of this site some guidance on what to expect there’s a list of sections to the right (or towards the bottom of the page if you’re reading this on a smartphone). Hopefully this provides some sort of idea of what’s on here. Please note, Birds & wildlife is my main nature writing section, so titled to make the section appear higher up the alphabetical list.

Whatever your reason for visiting, thanks again and I hope you enjoy reading.

Latest posts

(Carry) on camping

Over the last few weeks, because it’s the summer holidays I suppose, I’ve read a few articles in the British press about camping. They range from best ‘glamping’ experiences, to how ‘glamping isn’t camping’ and on to how the middle class have ruined camping – by polluting it with glamping. You’ve probably heard of glamping,…

On growing food

When I was a kid, my Dad grew some food in our garden. The only trouble was he didn’t grow things I wanted to eat. That said, I’m sure there were potatoes and I would happily have eaten them. Perhaps I also ate onions he grew, which would have gone into home made stews. We…

Book review: Much Ado About Mothing

A punning title for a book about moths; being a fan of both puns and moths I was sold. Yet Much Ado About Mothing by James Lowen is as much about compulsion and/or obsession as it is about winged insects. As such it will likely also appeal to those with hobbies which drive them to…