Archive for the 'Environmental policy' Category

Fallon’s Angler, issue 8: The unsolicited salmon

Writing an article isn’t just writing an article. It’s also writing the right article, and then finding the right place to get it published. Sometimes this can feel a lot like the painstaking process of fishing itself… Three casts later, as I tracked the nymph round and felt it lifting through the currents, just as […]

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Environmental policy, Fallon's Angler, Fly-fishing, River restoration, Salmon, Writing Dec 15 2016

Caring for our coarse fish

Just in case you missed all the social media chatter a few weeks ago, I thought it’d be worth mentioning again that my review of Mark Everard’s important new book River Habitats for Coarse Fish has now been published on the Fallon’s Angler website. As I said in my introduction… In these days when all […]

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Barbel, Bream, Chub, Dace, Environmental policy, Fallon's Angler, River restoration, Roach, Trout, Writing Nov 17 2016

Brexit: A new hope for the UK’s environment?

As some of the dust starts to settle (or not…) on the results of last week’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, I’m clearly not the only environmental writer who’s been thinking day and night about the implications. Readers of my chapter in Chalk Stream Fly Fishing (2012) may recall that I’m very […]

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Environmental policy, Rewilding, River restoration Jun 27 2016

Summer writing roundup

Where has this summer gone? Between publication of my Balsam Bashing book, a few freelance copywriting gigs up in London, helping to recruit new staff for the Wandle and South East Rivers Trust and watching over the Wandle’s biggest river restoration projects yet, experimenting with a radical new approach to ultralight fly-fishing, and exploring new […]

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Environmental policy, Fallon's Angler, Fly-fishing, Freelance copywriting, London, Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing, River restoration, Trout, Ultralight fly-fishing, Wandle, Writing Sep 30 2014


I’ve spent most of the last few weeks taking a break from writing books and advertising copy to work on another kind of big writing job: pulling together the final draft of the Wandle Catchment Plan. It’s involved a lot of thinking about water, and how to meet the challenges of balancing too much against […]

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Environmental policy, River restoration, Writing Feb 17 2014

Books etc

Between bursts of freelance copywriting and other life interruptions like running the launch of the new South East Rivers Trust, the last couple of months have had a kinda bookish flavour in and around south London… First there was the very enjoyable task of reading and reviewing a proof copy of my good pal Charles […]

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Chalkstreams, Environmental policy, Freelance copywriting, London, Trout in Dirty Places, Writing Mar 25 2013

Falling water: Mull

Scotland in September was soundtracked with falling water… Saturated by months of rain, every knee-high tussock on the Isle of Mull gurgled with a thousand tiny rivulets, and every rocky lochside path through the rhododendron thickets chattered inches-deep like a living stream. Mares’ tails billowed white from every crag, pouring over precipitous shelves of volcanic […]

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Environmental policy, Fly-fishing, How To Spend It, Writing Jan 07 2013

Chalk Stream Fly Fishing: A 21st Century Anthology

Eagerly anticipated is a term that probably gets overworked in the publishing business… but it really is true of the Salisbury & District Angling Club’s new addition to the chalkstreams’ literary canon. As befits an anthology written by members of the most democratic club on the chalkstreams (well, almost) and edited by the eminent Graham Chalmers, […]

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Chalkstreams, Environmental policy, Fly-fishing, Writing Dec 20 2012

Fishing for answers…

Raw sewage and London’s Thames Tunnel?  Crunchable data on the social and community benefits of angling, from the banks of the Wandle to the wild hills of Assynt? You’re right, it could only be my latest guest blog for the Financial Times’ How To Spend It lifestyle ezine… click on over to read and enjoy!

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Environmental policy, How To Spend It, London, Writing Feb 22 2012