Interview with John Cooper (2010) reveals the source of his clinical diagnosis skills to be Major Maxwell Knight, Britain’s greatest MI5 spymaster and the original ‘Nature Detective’

Q: Who has been the most inspiring influence on your professional career? A: THE BBC NATURALIST AND BROADCASTER, MAJOR MAXWELL KNIGHT, WHO - THROUGH HIS WRITINGS AND PERSONAL TUITION - HELPED ME TO APPRECIATE THE NATURAL WORLD AND TAUGHT ME THAT BEING AN OBSERVANT "NATURE DETECTIVE" COULD ASSIST IN CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS AND WAS THE FOUNDATION OF FORENSIC INVESTIGATION. Acknowledgements: John Bonner and [...]

“The hand lens should be a weapon of mass education…every child under 10 should have one.” Dr George McGavin, 2017 Verrall Lecture

Antarctica: “Iceberg twice size of Luxembourg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf”, reports The Guardian

You can read The Guardian's article here.

“Earth undergoing sixth ‘mass extinction’ as humans spur ‘biological annihilation’ of wildlife” reports The Telegraph

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EARTH DAY EVENT ENCOURAGES YOUNG NATURALISTS

Earth Day is an annual event, held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It is marked by events in more than 193 countries, co-ordinated by the Earth Day Network. Earth Day was celebrated this year in many parts of Britain, including King’s Lynn in Norfolk, where, on Saturday 22nd April, a stall and display by [...]

A day with Bill Oddie

It was a pleasure to spend the day with broadcasting legend Bill Oddie, to discuss natural history, the state of Britain's nature, and film an Ask Bill Oddie session for wildlife specialists, Haith's. Simon H King and (of course) Bill Oddie

Buy “M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster by Henry Hemming”

Buy M: Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster on Amazon Read Henry Hemming's account of Maxwell Knight's life as Britain's greatest spy and far-sighted, influential naturalist of his day: 'Fascinating... Hemming has done a superb job' - Ben Macintyre, The Times, Book of the Week "Maxwell Knight was a paradox. A jazz obsessive and nature enthusiast (he is [...]

A lovely piece in this week’s Cage & Aviary Birds from David Alderton about passing on what we know to the next generation…

"David Alderton, MA (Cantab.) grew up in a home surrounded by pets and originally trained to be a vet until an allergic dermatitis forced a change of career in his final year of study. Since then, David has used his experience, knowledge and passion for the subject to concentrate on writing about animals and the [...]

Maxwell Knight’s cabinet gets a mention on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show

Tune into the BBC iPlayer and fast forward to 2:44:42 to hear Maxwell Knight's filing cabinet mentioned in today's BBC Two World Book Day show...

The Vanishing: Europe’s farmland birds

The Head of Conservation for BirdLife Europe & Central Asia explains how intensive agriculture has made farmland birds one of the most threatened bird groups in Europe:  'Once upon a time, they were all around us,' laments Iván Ramírez  – 'sights and sounds as familiar as the dusky skies their flocks danced in or the [...]