Top 3 pros and cons to a career in wildlife conservation

I'll tell you this now. Its not what I thought it was going to be. I had the stirrings of wanting to work in wildlife conservation from a relatively young age. I first heard about this as a career choice at the age of 13 whilst watching a wildlife documentary. It was a lightbulb moment. … Continue reading Top 3 pros and cons to a career in wildlife conservation

My productive and mindful 5am morning routine – how to create your own for 2021

Do not underestimate the power of a morning routine. It can change your life. I've not always been a morning person. I certainly wasn't as a student. The only time I saw 5am would be on return from a long night out where my heels would be thrown across my bedroom before crawling into bed … Continue reading My productive and mindful 5am morning routine – how to create your own for 2021

Giving up alcohol in 2021 – what lock-down has taught me

It came to me suddenly. I couldn't remember the last time I'd had a drink. Even more surprisingly, I found I didn't miss it at all. I was slow to the drinking world. Having tried the odd titbit of alcohol when I was younger, I wasn't really impressed. It tasted pretty disgusting. Of course, this … Continue reading Giving up alcohol in 2021 – what lock-down has taught me

Home-schooled, vegan, minimalist…Why I’m ok being the ‘odd one out’

I see it coming. Another confused stare. Then, inevitably, a wariness. Perhaps a sense of resentment creeping in. All I've said is that I don't eat dairy. They haven't even begun to learn about me yet. Sit down, its going to take a minute. Lets face it, humans love 'normality'. They feel most comfortable when … Continue reading Home-schooled, vegan, minimalist…Why I’m ok being the ‘odd one out’

A winter stroll in a haunted Highland Forest

The light whispers today. Softly filtering through the forest, illuminating the deepest greens and the most delicate raindrops. It is the work of a moment as the light moves continuously through this habitat. This light guides me through the forest. Its brightness hinting at more open spaces as the trees thin. Then gradually stripping this … Continue reading A winter stroll in a haunted Highland Forest

My minimal Christmas and 5 sustainable gift ideas

I have a confession to make. I'm not much of a Christmas person. Shocking, I know. I used to be of course. I have fond childhood memories of bursting with excitement on Christmas Eve. The magic of the season was charming and I fully revelled in opening my generously bursting stocking. Now, Christmas is a … Continue reading My minimal Christmas and 5 sustainable gift ideas

How does a wildlife conservationist really spend their time?

There is no such thing as a typical day in my job. When describing my position, as Capercaillie Advisory Officer for the RSPB, I generally receive an animated response. Whether its intrigue or just plain confusion, its certainly not something you hear everyday, even in the conservation world. With so many priorities, there aren't too … Continue reading How does a wildlife conservationist really spend their time?

How animals have shaped the person I am – a tale of gratitude

I'll never forget her ears. They were so obnoxiously large for such a small creature. She definitely had a touch of Dumbo about her. I cradled this tiny being in my hands and beheld her with awe. My very first pet. Little did I know it at the tender age of six that this would … Continue reading How animals have shaped the person I am – a tale of gratitude

What I’ve stopped buying and 3 tips to avoid shopping this Black Friday

Its been a shocking process. Minimalism has taught me how little I need. I live very comfortably, yet I have parted with a significant number of my possessions. I've not missed one. Minimalism is a mindset change at its core. There's not point emptying your home of possessions just to fill it up all over … Continue reading What I’ve stopped buying and 3 tips to avoid shopping this Black Friday

Tough decisions for a wildlife conservationist – we can’t save them all

Her body was still warm. I was shocked by her weight. I had never been this close to a red deer before. I'd underestimated the size of the more understated females. I'd mentally prepared for this moment, so I dutifully took hold of a leg as we carried this recently shot deer out of the … Continue reading Tough decisions for a wildlife conservationist – we can’t save them all