Guest posts for the Mark Avery “Standing Up For Nature” blog. Follow the dated links within this post to read each piece.

The Scabby Plant

How an itchy skin condition leads to a life-long love of a beautiful wildflower. First published 29 August 2020.

Clutching at Straws

As lockdown eases, are people losing the love they discovered for nature? It kept us sane and gave us hope at a time when things felt hopeless, but will we be there for nature when it needs us? First published 25 July 2020

Stag beetles

A phone call from my local Wildlife Trust turns into something more than just a call-out to see stag beetles. First published 27 June 2020

Wool-carder bee

After months of reading about the Wool-carder Bee (Anthidium manicatum), learning what it looked like, the habitat it preferred and the female’s habit of collecting hairs from leaves to line her nest, I was still bemoaning the fact that I hadn’t seen one. My friend was getting frustrated. First published 2 June 2020

A chance encounter with a weevil

Did you know that some female weevils can lay fertile eggs without needing a male? Or that when threatened some feign death by rolling onto their back? I certainly didn’t until a chance encounter sent me on a voyage of weevil discovery. First published 20 May 2020