Aidan Hartley

Aiden Hartley is the Spectator's Wild Life columnist.

Why Kent is being bulldozed by buffalo

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Buffalo are now living in the fens of Kent. Why – have we slipped into the metaverse of Lewis Carroll?…

The sin of neutrality

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Yet again, millions of civilians across the Horn of Africa are starving. The world blames the crisis on drought and…

Why so many African leaders support Putin

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Why so many African leaders support Putin

Hell is an English train journey

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Delayed, on Southern Rail Home From the Hill is a 1987 documentary by Molly Dineen about Hilary Hook, an elderly…

Africa’s lessons for Ukraine

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Kenya During Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008 I got a close look at Moscow’s troops and their kit. These…

After Covid, Kenya’s flower industry is gearing up for its next challenge

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Kenya’s flower growers have a busy time ahead

Why a church in Jerusalem is the model for all family-owned holiday homes

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Malindi, the Indian Ocean When I lived in Jerusalem a long time ago, I often visited the Church of the…

My ocean voyage from hell

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Kenya Wondering what this year will bring, at dawn this morning I stood in the waves in front of our…

A long-forgotten tale of sorcery and a severed head

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia Plateau, Kenya Our local chief Panta wore a government-issue khaki uniform with epaulettes, beret and swagger stick. On a…

When it comes to Africa, the media look away

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Kenya Each time I sit in St Bride’s on Fleet Street during the memorial of another friend, I look around…

Africa’s empty vastness has vanished under the concrete of the present day

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Kenya   When I was a child in Kenya, the road from the Indian Ocean up to Nairobi was still…

Our farm is a haven for lost souls

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia He was turned out in a crisp bush ranger’s uniform and handled his assault rifle like a man hardened…

With tourists absent, the teeming marine life has returned to the sea off Malindi

28 August 2021 9:00 am

Malindi, Kenya Beneath the Indian Ocean’s surface, I wondered if the pandemic had turned out to be a good thing…

Is today the day I become a Kenyan citizen?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

  Nairobi Since my father first caught sight of Mombasa from his ship in late 1929, at least some of my…

How WhatsApp mums saved Kenya’s castaway children

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Kenya In March, Global Britain signed a new, post-Brexit trade deal with Kenya. This was a welcome agreement for my…

Thirty years ago, I saw the rebels take Addis Ababa

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Kenya The evening before the assault on Addis Ababa, my guide Girmay and I ventured into a complex stuffed with…

Did I catch Covid from a naked-rumped tomb bat?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia Until I promised to slaughter a fat-tailed sheep with a goat thrown in for a feast, the farm cowhands…

Why I’m investing in sheep

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia In the past I had a low opinion of sheep. During my first forays into farming I saw them…

The healing power of sweat

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia In one of Kenya farmer Karen Blixen’s short stories, a character says: ‘I know of a cure for everything:…

The art of mourning well

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Malindi, Kenya I’ve learned that mourning must be tackled ever so gently. As a younger man, when friends were killed…

Eccentric, artist and storyteller: in memory of my mother Doreen Sanders

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Indian Ocean coast ‘I love you’ became just ‘love’, and that was the last word Mum was able to say…

The many good things to come out of lockdown

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Laikipia I was drinking in the fresh air on the high earth wall of my farm dam last week, when…

The perils of being a Kenyan farmer’s wife

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Laikipia As the train pulled into Victoria my wife Claire, back home on the farm in Kenya, revealed that a…

Ethiopia is slipping into civil war

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Civil war is breaking out in Ethiopia

Back to Exmoor, scene of prep-school rides on rough ponies

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Exmoor I am heading to Exmoor for the first time since I was last there in 1977 — and as…