Spring shows us that even the very old can burst out in new life


Philosophy/reflective Natural World (Birds)

The Heron's Gaze

July 11, 2021

This week we explore and reflect upon a wonderful poem by narrowboater Steve May (NB Blue Phoenix), ‘The Magnificent Heron’. There is a growing appreciation of genuine encounters with animals and birds and, with the help of …

Natural World (General) Philosophy/reflective Natural World (Birds)


June 6, 2021

The world is filled with new life, fledglings of all kinds. It is noisy, messing, sometimes cruel, and so full of vitality and life. It’s an boisterous energy that cannot be contained or ignored. From vetch, to rabbits and b…

Philosophy/reflective Natural World (Birds)

The Clerical Heron

May 16, 2021

What is it about the heron that makes it such a frequent subject for social media posts featuring canal and riverside birds? There is something about it that is strange, singular almost. Spotting one is often felt to be a si…

Natural World (Birds)


Dec. 13, 2020

Why is the swan an oxymoron and if it is so unlucky to kill a swan why are there so many recipes for them? In this episode we reflect on the place of the swan within its natural and cultural environments. Lockdown and being …