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Conservation

#StevesLibrary: Extraordinary Insects

If there is one thing that I have come to appreciate even more this year, it is insects. I’ve always have a soft spot for them, as they are pretty much everywhere and come in an array of colours and…

#SteveReviews: Brave Blue World

One resource that we often take for granted is water, it’s so important that we use it as a sign of potential extra-terrestrial life. Why you may ask? Well as far as we’re aware, water is essential for life and…

#SteveReviews: Kiss The Ground

Everyone has heard the narrative of how fossil fuels and deforestation is fuelling both climate change and the ongoing ecological crisis. Another factor within this complex web of interactions also driving negative impacts on the climate, is the global scale…

#SteveReviews: A Life On Our Planet

Despite moving back to Canterbury to find issues with our internet, I’ve been able to watch the new David Attenborough film titled A Life On Our Planet. It’s now available to watch on Netflix after only being available to watch…

#StevesLibrary: The Whispering Land

There is always someone that helps cheer us up in uncertain times, such as those which we are facing. For me, that person is Gerald Durrell. Why is this? Well during the 1970s, Durrell helped to (almost) single-handed change the…

#SteveReviews: Extinction – The Facts

This is something that I haven’t rushed to review simply because given the title of this David Attenborough special, I assumed it would be like preaching to the choir. After sitting down to watch Extinction: The Facts it is clear…

#SteveReviews: My Octopus Teacher

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is to appreciate the positives in life. There has been a vast array of depressing news and I totally understand if it has overwhelmed some people. With this in mind, I was happy…

#SteveReviews: The Mystery of the Pink Dolphin

Anyone who has read Witness to Extinction by Samuel Turvey will be able to tell you how heartbreaking the extinction of the Yangtze river dolphin (or baiji) was despite the efforts put in place to prevent it. There are a…

#StevesLibrary: The Deep

As you can probably tell, I’m no marine biologist or oceanographer. However this doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate the vast array of life that the oceans support. I was born and grew up on the South Essex coast so…

#StevesLibrary: Invasive Aliens

In the world of conservation, there are few groups of species that catch my attention and imagination more than invasive species. These are species that have been moved outside of their native range (usually by the agency of humankind) to…