Wildlife

The commercialisation of shooting may kill the whole sport

12 October 2019 9:00 am

A few years ago I was sitting on the sofa at Sandringham enjoying a ham sandwich with the Queen’s then-head…

Why we should listen to elephants

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   ‘An elephant has fallen over,’ said the man running up to me. My first thought was that…

Wildlife obsessives must learn when to back off

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Richmond Park is an eerie place at this time of year. It’s not just that it’s the deer rutting season,…

All hail the return of the crane

6 October 2018 9:00 am

The RSPB regularly gets calls from people who have seen ‘a funny bird’. ‘It’s got a red head and it’s…

Building artificial beauty spots to protect nests is a bird-brained idea

13 January 2018 9:00 am

While walking or riding on the beautiful heathland near my home, I have noticed a growing number of signs telling…

The heartbreaking story of Pecky, a young green woodpecker

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Ever since I was a child, I’d always yearned to see a green woodpecker. With its scarlet cap and lime-green…

The biggest threats to gorillas (Cincinnati Zoo not included)

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Gorilla warfare Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla, was shot at Cincinnati Zoo after he started dragging away a boy aged four…

What do we gain by burning ivory?

4 June 2016 9:00 am

To mark World Environment Day this Sunday, Angola will celebrate its zero-tolerance approach to the illegal wildlife trade — the…

Snakes, kookaburras and bandicoots: a garden in Australia’s rainforest

23 April 2016 9:00 am

When I suggested that I might build a little tin house in the subtropical rainforest of south-east Queensland, I was…

Your guide to the coming moth invasion

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Last month a friend invited me to lunch at the Garrick Club. As an impoverished writer, I don’t get many…

‘I could do many things... but I could not listen to Bach’

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Six years ago, on Good Friday, the journalist Melanie Reid was thrown off her horse while on a cross-country ride…

The noisy, filthy, scary glory of geese

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Grumpy Gertie was killed in a drive-by shooting. This resident of the village of Sandon, near Letchworth, was shot at…

How humanity learned to love whales (and what they taught us in return)

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Last week a sperm whale was beached at Hunstanton in Norfolk and there was much horrified concern. A terrible sight,…

Henry Worsley and the annals of heroic British failure

30 January 2016 9:00 am

So near and yet so far Henry Worsley died in a Chilean hospital of peritonitis after being airlifted from Antartica,…

Red sky of warning: Elephants and Cape buffaloes cross the Luangwa River

The Luangwa is far from being a happy valley

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Simon Barnes opens with a presumably true idea, that we are all in search of our own versions of paradise…

The glories of the Galapagos

2 January 2016 9:00 am

‘Think dogs in wetsuits,’ said our guide of the cluster of sea lions at our feet on San Cristobal, one…

The joy of winter birdwatching (and how it’s changing)

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Crisis relocation. A term from the Cold War. It means being somewhere else when it happens. When the threat of…

Sand that might be mistaken for Caribbean

Anglesey: la dolce vita in north Wales

24 October 2015 9:00 am

We teased our friends by saying that our holiday would be on a far-away island. The Maldives, perhaps? No, Anglesey,…

Just how tough a sentence was 14 years for Libor-rigging?

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Rogue traders Former UBS trader Tom Hayes was jailed for 14 years for rigging the Libor market. How long could…

It’s dark days for dogs and their owners

14 March 2015 9:00 am

So who is poisoning all the doggies, then? I assumed, when the first horrible reports came through from Crufts, that…

Johannesburg: a city trying hard to revamp its image

Low life’s Limpopo legend

3 January 2015 9:00 am

‘You’ve got a lot to live up to,’ said the ranger. ‘The last Spectator journalist who stayed here was Jeremy…

Nature comes first: Lower Mill Estate

On safari in Gloucestershire

9 August 2014 9:00 am

The heat was still sweltering as we headed off at dusk towards the hide to watch wildlife with our enthusiastic…

You owe it to yourself to visit John Clare country

2 August 2014 9:00 am

This has been a terrible year for horseflies. It’s bad enough if you’re human: often by the time you swat…

Simon Barnes’s diary: A sportswriter is never without a big subject (unless it’s golf)

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Sport is like love: it can only really hurt you if you care. Or for that matter, bring joy. You…

In praise of cyberchondria

24 May 2014 9:00 am

There’s something perversely satisfying in discovering that your children have inherited your vices. That’s why I was so quietly pleased…