How Ocean Pollution Affects Humans: “The Devil in the deep blue sea”

"Oceans are fundamental to the health of our planet - the very lifeblood of Earth's ecosystem. To survive and prosper, mankind needs a harmonious relationship with our planet's oceans."

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’

“The hand lens should be a weapon of mass education…every child under 10 should have one.” Dr George McGavin, 2017 Verrall Lecture

Antarctica: “Iceberg twice size of Luxembourg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf”, reports The Guardian

You can read The Guardian's article here.

“Earth undergoing sixth ‘mass extinction’ as humans spur ‘biological annihilation’ of wildlife” reports The Telegraph

Read the full article here.

EARTH DAY EVENT ENCOURAGES YOUNG NATURALISTS

Earth Day is an annual event, held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It is marked by events in more than 193 countries, co-ordinated by the Earth Day Network. Earth Day was celebrated this year in many parts of Britain, including King’s Lynn in Norfolk, where, on Saturday 22nd April, a stall and display by … Continue reading EARTH DAY EVENT ENCOURAGES YOUNG NATURALISTS

A day with Bill Oddie

It was a pleasure to spend the day with broadcasting legend Bill Oddie, to discuss natural history, the state of Britain's nature, and film an Ask Bill Oddie session for wildlife specialists, Haith's. Simon H King and (of course) Bill Oddie

Buy “M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster by Henry Hemming”

Buy M: Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster on Amazon Read Henry Hemming's account of Maxwell Knight's life as Britain's greatest spy and far-sighted, influential naturalist of his day: 'Fascinating... Hemming has done a superb job' - Ben Macintyre, The Times, Book of the Week "Maxwell Knight was a paradox. A jazz obsessive and nature enthusiast (he is … Continue reading Buy “M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster by Henry Hemming”

A lovely piece in this week’s Cage & Aviary Birds from David Alderton about passing on what we know to the next generation…

"David Alderton, MA (Cantab.) grew up in a home surrounded by pets and originally trained to be a vet until an allergic dermatitis forced a change of career in his final year of study. Since then, David has used his experience, knowledge and passion for the subject to concentrate on writing about animals and the … Continue reading A lovely piece in this week’s Cage & Aviary Birds from David Alderton about passing on what we know to the next generation…

Maxwell Knight’s cabinet gets a mention on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show

Tune into the BBC iPlayer and fast forward to 2:44:42 to hear Maxwell Knight's filing cabinet mentioned in today's BBC Two World Book Day show...

The Vanishing: Europe’s farmland birds

The Head of Conservation for BirdLife Europe & Central Asia explains how intensive agriculture has made farmland birds one of the most threatened bird groups in Europe:  'Once upon a time, they were all around us,' laments Iván Ramírez  – 'sights and sounds as familiar as the dusky skies their flocks danced in or the … Continue reading The Vanishing: Europe’s farmland birds

Simon King talks about feeding the birds on BBC Radio Humberside

Representing Haith's (as an Associate Director) Simon King discusses the merits of feeding wild birds this winter... Tune into the BBC iPlayer to hear the piece... or click here to open the iPlayer in a new window...  

The Maxwell Knight Memorial Fund (1968) A Letter To The Editor…

The World Is Not Enough According To WWF’s Living Planet Report 2016 (in fact, we require the ‘biocapacity equivalent of 1.6 Earths’)

There's a real-life international power struggle and the antagonist is man 'demanding more from the planet than it can renew,' reports WWF in the Living Planet Report 2016 'Since the early 1970s, humanity has been demanding more from the planet than it can renew (see below). By 2012,' writes WWF in the Living Planet Report … Continue reading The World Is Not Enough According To WWF’s Living Planet Report 2016 (in fact, we require the ‘biocapacity equivalent of 1.6 Earths’)

Did you know Maxwell Knight?

Did you know Maxwell Knight? #Nature #Conservation #BBCNaturalHistory #MI5 @NHM_London @wwf_uk @ZSLconservation https://t.co/gmvWcj9BjY pic.twitter.com/3hNBWLo5oc— Simon King (@SimonHKing) October 14, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js If you knew Maxwell Knight or have been influenced by him please share your story with us (it will not appear on this blog (or in the book) without your approval).

Are butterflies slipping through our fingers?

The results for this year's Big Butterfly Count are in and conservationists are already 'scratching their heads,' reports Butterfly Conservation. Over 38,000 counts were apparently completed and an almost unbelievable 396,138 butterflies were counted and - despite favourable weather conditions - 2016 will be a year where 'common species saw their numbers collapse over summer.' 'Gatekeeper, Comma and … Continue reading Are butterflies slipping through our fingers?

The State of Nature 2016: One in 10 UK wildlife species faces extinction

Over 50 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock take (The State of Nature Report) of all our native wildlife and it reveals that more than one in ten of all the species assessed are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether. In Scotland, one in every 11 species assessed is at risk of becoming … Continue reading The State of Nature 2016: One in 10 UK wildlife species faces extinction

Education: “It is the uninitiated that matter…

...They are the majority, and until more of them are made conservation conscious all or efforts will be wasted." - Maxwell Knight (The Frightened Face of Nature - unpublished - Chapter XV). "Laws, rules and regulations will not themselves solve the problems of the future of wildlife," wrote Knight in 1964 "It is only by education … Continue reading Education: “It is the uninitiated that matter…

Closed for Business: The Department of Energy and Climate Change #DECC #ClimateChange Find out why…

What does it say to the world when we (seemingly) downgrade our action on climate change? It says that we're under stress as a country, and things are happening that we can't control; uncertainty is piping its way through our veins. And in these conditions - when our backs are against the wall - we … Continue reading Closed for Business: The Department of Energy and Climate Change #DECC #ClimateChange Find out why…

So what sort of person was the real-life “M”?

To answer that question, we need to better understand the contrast between Maxwell Knight’s (recently publicised) life as one of Britain’s most talented World War II spymaster’s - the original ‘M’ - and that of an early (largely unpublicised) environmentalist. Clearly he was an incredibly gifted man who had a sixth sense for identifying and … Continue reading So what sort of person was the real-life “M”?