Spring has finally arrived and I’m just getting to work on my book about the wildlife of Wales for Graffeg. It’s going to mean a year of visits to some of Wales’ wildest places to capture a sense of what they’re like as the seaons change. Some time over the next week or so we’re
I’m busy at the moment walking Ceredigion’s ups and downs for a guidebook, which will be published this time next year by Pocket Mountains. Ceredigion isn’t home, but it’s close to it – the border’s about a mile from where I live. It feels very familiar, but having to come up with 40 routes means
My favourite for the moment, anyway. It’s the Kerry Ridgeway, a day’s worth of walking where you’re nearly always above the 1,000ft contour. It takes you from Wales into England (or England to Wales, if you’d rather); read about it in the latest edition of Walk. Warning: Pictures of me.
At last I’m a columnist for a glossy magazine… Well, to be honest I’ve been writing my weekly wildlife column for Garden News since the end of the 1990s, but until this week it was published in newspaper format. Now it’s gone full colour and glossy but is, I think, even better than ever.
It’s great when something you’ve written makes some sort of difference or strikes a chord with someone. So, I’m delighted that one of my wildlife features has been selected for “an anthology of the best writing about the countryside from the pages of The Daily Telegraph“. The book The Hedgerows Heaped with May has been
When I was writing about Tenby for BBC Countryfile magazine six weeks or so ago the sun was shining and it was a great excuse to spend a day out checking out the town’s ice cream parlours. Research is a serious business. Now the latest edition is in the shops with my article in it,
Isn’t it a bit of a contradiction in terms? Most holiday options come with a yeti-sized carbon footprint, so the deep green choice is probably just to stay at home. But Wales does offer plenty of good options that strive to be greener.
I find that family life and travel writing aren’t a good mix, so these days I ration myself to no more than two or three trips a year. It does sometimes make for pain when you have to turn down tempting offers when they come in. On Sunday I’m off to Jersey to do some
The sun is shining, buds are bursting and the birds are singing. That means… its time to blog. I’ve been meaning to get blogging about gardening, wildlife and conservation for ages and now I’m doing it. It’s fun, and means that a camera is now as essential to gardening as secateurs or a trowel. Have
‘Quality Wales’ has changed quite a bit since the launch and I reckon it has got better with each edition (well I would say that, wouldn’t I). It’s offered to graded tourism businesses in Wales as part of the package that comes to them when they sign up for grading. Funded by the Welsh Government,