Nature

Letters: In defence of organic food

31 July 2021 9:00 am

A note about manure Sir: I am afraid Matt Ridley shows a lack of understanding about agriculture in general and…

The strange death of the English garden

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Real gardens are dying out

Why it’s boom time for bitterns

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Bitterns are booming, both literally and metaphorically. These handsome brown birds from the heron family make a noise quite unlike…

Virgil understood the great power of nature

15 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Georgics’ are an ancient form of poetry about agriculture and the land. The term derives from Greek gê ‘land’ +…

Is the adder slithering towards extinction?

3 April 2021 9:00 am

In early April, when the chiffchaff sings its drab little song in the leafless hawthorns, something is stirring in the…

Mother Nature is giving us her middle finger

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad I have never experienced such a long, continuous blizzard, and I’ve been coming here for 63 years. The ski…

What Pliny the Elder and David Attenborough have in common

13 February 2021 9:00 am

When it comes to natural history, Sir David Attenborough rules the airwaves. Pliny the Elder (d. ad 79) who, as…

The ethics of eating octopus

16 January 2021 9:00 am

The questionable ethics of eating octopus

The ancients knew the value of the natural world

7 November 2020 9:00 am

The ancients knew nothing about global warming, but they still reflected on the relationship between man and nature. In the…

The best wine since incarceration

11 July 2020 9:00 am

The woodpecker jinked across the lawn like an especially cunning partridge. Its goal was a skilfully constructed bird table with…

Is it too late to save Britain’s ash trees?

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Can Britain’s trees be saved?

There’s no point in bishops – Covid has shown us so

6 June 2020 9:00 am

It is a relief to parents that young children are allowed out a bit now as the length of the…

How John Constable got masterpiece after masterpiece out of a tiny corner of rural Suffolk

6 June 2020 9:00 am

John Constable’s paintings of a tiny corner of rural Suffolk teach us to see the beauty on our doorstep, says Martin Gayford

The intense pleasures of lockdown

6 June 2020 9:00 am

I used to live in Mogadishu for months at a time, cooped up in compounds behind fortified walls. Venturing on…

Why whales sing: it’s a question of culture

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Of course animals have culture

The importance of the Natural Health Service

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Spending time outside is vital for mental health

Now is the time for comfort reads

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

It all started on the day after the Brexit referendum. People who do not get the result they voted for…

Covid-19 is giving me hyper-focus on the beauty of spring

18 April 2020 9:00 am

We know, because of the lack of widespread testing, that incidences of Covid-19 are under-reported. What is less well known…

Mother nature is finally getting the art she deserves

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Exhibitions about fungi, bugs and trees illustrate the depth, range and vitality of a growing field of art, says Mark Cocker

Dining, swimming, therapy: why is everyone obsessed with going ‘wild’?

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Our worship of the ‘wild’ has gone too far

Starling murmurations are a display more dazzling than fireworks

23 November 2019 9:00 am

It’s late afternoon in the car park of Workington Asda. A little crowd is gathering in one corner, most of…

The Grand Union Canal, a serene sanctuary amid the urban sprawl

26 October 2019 9:00 am

It was a Saturday afternoon in September, the end of summer, and I was feeling sorry for myself. I’d gone…

Re-wilders forget that humans are nature too

6 July 2019 9:00 am

‘Life pours back in.’ A score of us, listening to Charlie Burrell at the Knepp estate ten days ago, will…

Plastic fantastic: British Industried Fair, 1948

How plastic saved the elephant and tortoise

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Plastics — even venerable, historically eloquent plastics — hardly draw the eye. As this show’s insightful accompanying publication (a snip…

Gamekeepers burn heather to encourage new growth for red grouse to feed on (Getty)

Grouse moors have destroyed Britain’s natural heritage – so we must rewild them

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Britain’s hunting estates were once beautiful. Walking through the New Forest, we can all appreciate how the purchase of land…