Do you have a question for the first ‘Armchair Naturalists’ podcast?

We’re recording our first podcast session tomorrow (Tuesday 7th April) evening - if you have a question to put to the FFON /ARMNAT team, please email it to thefrightenedfaceofnature@gmail.com and we’ll try to answer it. Thanks for caring. Coming soon: The Armchair Naturalists Podcast

All aboard the Madaraka Express – Kenya with the Coopers

John and Margaret Cooper are currently in Kenya. Here is an account of their experience of catching Kenya's "Chinese Train" the modern replacement of the British narrow-guage railway (of man-eating lions fame) built at the turn of the 19th century, in its day a memorable, well-recorded experience in itself. The only certainty in life is … Continue reading All aboard the Madaraka Express – Kenya with the Coopers

FFON Co-founder, John Cooper presented with the BFC Silver Falcon Award

Prof John E Cooper and Margaret E Cooper FLS FFON co-founders, John and Margaret Cooper recently attended the BFC (British Falconers’ Club) meeting in Hungerford, held at "The Bear Hotel". At the dinner in the evening John was presented with the BFC Silver Falcon Award for his work on the diseases and veterinary care of raptors over … Continue reading FFON Co-founder, John Cooper presented with the BFC Silver Falcon Award

Maxwell Knight Symposium coverage in the IAT Bulletin

Thanks for the generous coverage of the MaxwellKnight Symposium in the IAT Bulletin.

John and Margaret Cooper would like to express their personal thanks to Simon King

"Our friend Simon King has been a constant source of encouragement and support in the recent investigations into the life and work of Maxwell Knight (MK). Simon offered to take, temporarily to store, and then to catalogue, the contents of Maxwell Knight’s filing cabinet.  This was an enormous undertaking; the undertaking was greatly expedited by the enthusiastic … Continue reading John and Margaret Cooper would like to express their personal thanks to Simon King

Maxwell Knight Symposium 2018 video invitation from Prof. John E. Cooper.

MAXWELL KNIGHT SYMPOSIUM 2018 THE BRITISH HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY (BHS) COMMEMORATIVE SYMPOSIUM London, Saturday 24th November 2018. Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square (“School of Arts’ annex”), London WC1H 0PD Organised by the British Herpetological Society (BHS), with support from the British Chelonia Group (BCG), the Amateur Entomologists Society (AES), the Institute of Animal Technology (IAT), The Frightened … Continue reading Maxwell Knight Symposium 2018 video invitation from Prof. John E. Cooper.

“The mysterious Mr Knight: spymaster to be celebrated.” – Cage & Aviary Birds magazine July 18.

Thanks, Cage & Aviary Birds for the article "The Mysterious Mr Knight: spymaster to be celebrated" in this week's publication. Registration for the Maxwell Knight Symposium is via The British Herpetological Society website Organised by the British Herpetological Society (BHS), with support from the British Chelonia Group (BCG), the Amateur Entomologists Society (AES), the Institute … Continue reading “The mysterious Mr Knight: spymaster to be celebrated.” – Cage & Aviary Birds magazine July 18.

Interview with John Cooper (2010) reveals the source of his clinical diagnosis skills to be Major Maxwell Knight, Britain’s greatest MI5 spymaster and the original ‘Nature Detective’

Q: Who has been the most inspiring influence on your professional career? A: THE BBC NATURALIST AND BROADCASTER, MAJOR MAXWELL KNIGHT, WHO - THROUGH HIS WRITINGS AND PERSONAL TUITION - HELPED ME TO APPRECIATE THE NATURAL WORLD AND TAUGHT ME THAT BEING AN OBSERVANT "NATURE DETECTIVE" COULD ASSIST IN CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS AND WAS THE FOUNDATION OF FORENSIC INVESTIGATION. Acknowledgements: John Bonner and … Continue reading Interview with John Cooper (2010) reveals the source of his clinical diagnosis skills to be Major Maxwell Knight, Britain’s greatest MI5 spymaster and the original ‘Nature Detective’

Maxwell Knight and snake skins – a new approach to an old challenge

  A Letter to The Editor The Herpetological Bulletin 18th June 2017 Dear Sir I was interested to read the Short Note “Lamination as a method of preserving sloughs” by Steven JR Allain and Mark J Goodman (The Herpetological Bulletin (2016) 138, 29-30). The technique they describe would appear to be an excellent approach to the … Continue reading Maxwell Knight and snake skins – a new approach to an old challenge

The Coopers survey the terrain from the top of their hosts' four-wheel drive vehicle

Conservation challenges in Kenya

On a recent busy visit to Kenya, John and Margaret Cooper visited a number of locations where there is competition for land and where wildlife – and local people – may suffer as an outcome. One of these was particularly noteworthy. This was a short, 48-hour, trip to Maasailand, a few kilometres outside Kajiado, where … Continue reading Conservation challenges in Kenya