Who, why, what?

My newsletter is written for those who share common interests in wildlife and conservation; urban wildlife in particular. I invite readers to ask questions and make your own contributions via the comments section or email. This is about sharing our enthusiasm for the wildlife around us. Making things a little greener on my patch in the world.

Briefly, I am a retired/repurposed biologist. My career skewed away from field biology to laboratories where biology involved much peering down microscopes. Now a decade retired, I indulge myself with wildlife biology projects, and try to pass on my knowledge, and hopefully enthusiasm, to anyone I encounter who will listen. Kids in particular. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and past-President of Bird Protection Quebec (Canada’s oldest bird-focussed conservation charity).

Posts will often include mini-biographies of interesting species that you might find in your neck of the woods, others will just talk about being “out there” and finding "those elusive 1001 Species. I am also wildlife gardener and I offer some seasonal tips on how to go about making your gardens welcoming to birds and butterflies. Strong advocate for GreenBirding and citizen science. Skews left politically. I draw your attention to “The Book”, a link to which is on the menu above - it’s a natural history of a small town.

Richard Gregson PhD. MPhil. FRSB

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By a biologist, mostly writing about the wildlife and plants we live near, yet often overlook, as well as the places they are to be seen. Some considered thoughts on the environment, conservation and wildlife gardening.


An actively retired (repurposed) biologist, enthusiastically introducing people to the wildlife living alongside us in town and cities. A wildlife gardener and most days a photographer. Strong advocate for GreenBirding. Skews left politically.