“When you stop looking for the logic in this world, and start finding the magic, it all begins to make sense….”

The moment my amazing primary school teacher, Mrs Slater, showed me a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, I realised I was learning one of the most important lessons of my life, to look for the magic in the world around me and to wonder at every new discovery. The transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly defies logic. It is magic. The ‘how’s’ and the ‘why’s’, the universal mystery of life. All of this was almost overwhelming to the…

As I sat there, staring up at the sky, I didn’t notice the old man approaching.
I was in my solitude, a little off the beaten track, at a place where I would come to sit and think. Or rather not think, for I had discovered that it was thinking, and especially overthinking, that was the cause of my anxiety.

That, and people.

For much of my life I had felt more connected to nature than people. Birds, trees, the mountains, the sea — especially the sea — all these provided me with comfort; while people, with a few exceptions…

“It’s too big a risk to assume that these sensitive, magnificent and ancient creatures will adapt to the clumsy experiments of humankind.”

As deaf whales are washed ashore in Taiwan, with hearing loss being the ‘primary reason’ for their demise, I ask the question: are stranded British whales and dolphins casualties of the offshore wind industry in this country?

Practically every day brings new reports of stranded whales and dolphins around the British coast, the numbers are on the rise and nobody seems to know why. Ever expanding wind farms are beginning to dominate our coastal seas. Is there a…

The ‘chance’ find in a charity shop, Sammi Smith’s 1972 album

Recently I dusted off my old record collection, something I’d been meaning to do for years ever since I had reluctantly consigned my treasured vinyl LPs carefully to boxes in the depths of the loft, my record player having finally succumbed a few years earlier to a perished drive belt and a worn needle — and me having succumbed to the dubious lure of CDs and streaming mp3's. …

Natural England, the UK Government’s Nature Agency, approved the trapping and killing of rare songbirds, including Willow Warbler, Dunnock, Coal Tit, Wren, Starling, Blackcap, Goldfinch, Chiffchaff and Long Tailed Tit in the name of ‘science, research and education’.
The controversial agency also permitted the removal of 175 baby birds from nests in the wild, under a single licence application.

For the past few months, I have been investigating the controversial activities of the UK government sponsored agency, Natural England.

I’ve uncovered shocking and extensive statistics which show just how many ‘lethal control’ licences the agency has been issuing to kill…

The world was coming to an end.

Few people had noticed.

There were some who waved banners outside government buildings, others who marched and held aloft placards depicting trees, and even some who went on television, looking very concerned and worried, who spoke of emergency measures.
None of them mattered very much. Because the world was ending anyway.

The ones who knew the truth had sensed it long ago. …

Herring Gulls are down 82%, European Shag down 51%, Razorbills down 55%. The list goes on….
* The world’s biggest offshore wind farm is just a few miles away.
* Isn’t there a conspicuous connection?

The Isle Of Man wildlife charity Manx Birdlife has reported a shocking 40% decline in the populations of many species of sea birds around the island’s coast.
The worrying figures emerged following a comprehensive census that took place over two years. Whatever the reason for the sharp decline of the birds, it illustrates that something has gone very wrong. …

​”The ‘pest’ controllers who ‘managed’ the Passenger Pigeon into oblivion at the turn of the 20th century, seem to still be actively going about their business today….”

Conservation awareness in 1915

We tend to think of conservation as a modern day invention, blaming previous generations for not really caring about wildlife and assuming that they didn’t have much awareness of the need to protect threatened species. Indeed we often blame them for remorselessly hunting species to extinction — which they did in some cases — just as they still do today….. Now, in the 21st century, we claim (with a degree of smugness) that…

“Marketing the red as a ‘national treasure’ and the grey as a ‘pest’ merely transfers the label from one innocent species to another when all along the real problem, as usual, has been human interference in nature….”

A little while ago I added my name to a petition. It calls on the British government to amend a new law that will criminalise wildlife rescuers who rehabilitate grey squirrels. From October, under new regulations, it will be illegal to release rescued greys back into the wild — they will have to be kept in controlled captivity under strict licencing — or…

The first Sweet Violet in Spring © Jason Endfield 2019

A sight to make a winter-weary heart sing is the first glimpse of a Sweet Violet peeking out from a mass of fresh green leaves, sheltering under an English hedgerow in Spring. I was lucky enough to happen across a bank of these spirit lifting wild flowers today as I wandered along a little used footpath that meandered through fields filled with Dandelions and along shady corridors of Hawthorn, Elm and Oak. This is the English Spring of legend, so much more difficult to find in the hustle and bustle of the modern world. But it does endure. Thankfully. Here…

Jason Endfield

blogger, freelance writer, independent environmental campaigner @ www.jasonendfield.com

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