dovesfoot cranesbill in field

My growing obsession with wildflowers

ComfreyFumitory of the WallBlack MedickGarlic MustardOxford RagwortCuckooflower What began as a wildflower awakening back in February has slowly blossomed into bit of an obsession. Now, I notice wildflowers wherever I go. More and more of them are becoming well known to me, usually just by their common names, but sometimes by their botanical ones too, …

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Some thoughts on FI, parenting & the planet

Becoming a parent seems like a counterintuitive thing to do if you are concerned about the future of life on Earth and/or trying to save your pennies to reach financial independence (FI). Having children inevitably means bringing new consumers into the world who are going to eat up its finite resources and contribute towards climate …

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How to re-wild childhood through storytelling

I'm very pleased to introduce the first ever guest blog post on Little Wild Tales. It is written by Jenny Bailey, author and co-founder of Tales from Mother Earth, a collective of five friends who seek to communicate conservation messages to children through the realms of storytelling and music. Here, Jenny explores a topic that …

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Why I have chosen to follow a vegan diet

Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur, We Animals Media Sometime in October 2020, I did something I thought I could never do: I became a vegan. As an environmental writer, I'm constantly hearing about the impact of meat and other animal products on the planet. For years I tried to turn a blind eye, thinking that being veggie, …

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David Bevan in Coldfall Wood

Late bloomer: How a botanical career slowly flourished

Credit: Aron Visuals, Unsplash I think I must have inherited a lateness gene. No matter how carefully I plan, I always seem to be running about, running late and running out of time. I am usually the last to do things among my friends. I didn't learn to ride a bike or swim until I …

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How and why I learnt the names of my street trees during lockdown

My first ever blog post was all about trees. In early 2016 I wrote a list of tree-themed aspirations for the year ahead, including planting a tree, climbing a tree, getting better at identifying trees and learning the names of the trees on my street. It has taken me four years to tick off that …

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