Behind my 1st published paper

Something very exciting happened this week. The first paper to come out of my PhD has been published by Land Use Policy – it’s now out there in the world. Which is exciting because it now means my work can contribute to something and – hopefully – make some sort of difference, which is why…

Some thoughts on SNH and the Strathbraan raven licence

I don’t normally post about controversial or political subjects on this blog. Firstly, because it is a blog about celebrating and appreciating our natural world; secondly, because my PhD is controversial and political enough. I study the conflict between grouse shooting interests and raptor conservation interests in Scotland – at best, a highly charged, heavily…

On the search for birds of prey: a West Coast Adventure

There is nothing more breath-taking than the sight of a bird of prey soaring over its natural environment. Especially in Scotland; its rugged landscape, from sea cliffs to rolling hills, providing the perfectly dramatic backdrop to the elegant flight of such a charismatic creature. With not even the merest suggestion of a flap, a bird…