The UK’s proposed High Speed Railway Two (HS2) will. proponents say, shave a few minutes off journey times between London and ‘the North’, lower carbon emissions, and is vital to the economy. But costs are spiralling, writes Charlie Moores, and it will cause irreperable damage to important wildlife-rich habitats. Can anyone put a price on that?Continue reading
Next week the WoW Project will be interviewing irrepressible broadcaster and wildlife author Mary Colwell for a podcast. In recent years Mary has posited the idea of a Natural History GCSE, and highlighted the decline of the Curlew, a once familiar bird of open countryside but a species now in rapid decline. She recently launched a Crowdfunder to help produce a Curlew Fieldworker’s Toolkit designed to reverse the Curlew’s fortunes.Continue reading
Adelaide based photographer Brad Fleet‘s image of a charred Kangaroo, caught in a fence as it fled the bushfires destroying the east of the continent, went viral this week. It seemed for a moment to shift the focus away from human catastrophe to the impact the fires are having on wildlife and the vast loss of irreplaceable bush and forest habitat. Can, writes Charlie Moores, its endemic wildlife ever recover?Continue reading
In his Guardian column this morning George Monbiot admits to being close to burn out. He says that “I believe resilience is the most useful human quality…but in 2019 I felt my resolve begin to weaken at times as it has never done before.
Eco-anxiety is all around us, writes Charlie Moores, it’s what we do about it that matters.
It’s been (with the emphasis on ‘extreme’) an ‘extremely’ bad week for fox hunting. It’s been a bad week for foxes too of course, but fox hunting seems determined to rip itself apart. Shoot itself in the foot. Dump its own corpse in the headlines, writes Charlie Moores…Continue reading
Conservationist and author Dr Mark Avery runs one of the the UK’s most widely-read and influential environment blogs. Guest writers have included politicians, chief-execs of charity organisations, prominent activists and campaigners – and now, writes Charlie Moores, The War On Wildlife Project!Continue reading
An article in The Guardian this Sunday, looking at a “landmark” decision by Yorkshire Water, the county’s largest landowner, to review the leasing of its land to grouse shoots, suggested that, “On Brontë country’s moors, the end of grouse shooting is in sight”. In sight perhaps, writes Charlie Moores, but the industry won’t go without a fight.Continue reading
Here’s a fun Christmas/ Boxing Day game to play. Are fox hunters psychopaths? We’re asking of course, writes Charlie Moores, because of the recent horrific photo taken of a fox being ripped to bits by the Barlow Hunt which was out ‘following a scent trail’ near Matlock in Derbyshire.Continue reading