Smithy Wood, under threat

At Sheffield’s northeastern edge lies an Ancient Woodland that is facing a two-pronged threat from development. Smithy Wood is already bisected by the M1 motorway and the portion that lies to the road’s west is the site of the proposed development of new service station. For more on this proposal visit the Wildlife Trust website. As if this were not enough the intended HS2 route will destroy the remaining western … Read More →

Rocks up close

Black basalt and pale quartz sand, White Rocks Beach

In celebration of my latest publication “Shore to Summit: A Photographic Guide to the Geology of Britain and Ireland” and my obsession with rocks in general, here is a porfolio of some of my favourite close encounters with the geology of England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  Far from being a grey and lifeless substance rock comes in all colours and supports a wide range of animal and plant … Read More →

OWPG Awards


<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-19044" alt="OWPG" src="" width="700" height="125" srcset=" 700w,×42.jpg 240w,×71.jpg 400w,×32.jpg 180w, http://fran-halsall viagra schweiz×117.jpg 660w” sizes=”(max-width: 700px) 100vw, 700px” /> Two prizes were awarded at the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild 2009 Awards. “The Peak District” won the outdoor book category and the series “North Yorkshire Limestone Pavements” won the award for best photography.