Thinking out of the box

| Sep 3, 2008

Thinking out of the box

by C.W. Nicol

Twenty something years ago, when we started to buy badly abused and neglected woodland here in the Nagano Prefecture hills, one of the problems that became very obvious was the lack of housing. Not for me, but for the woodland creatures. All the old ...

City gone wild

| Aug 6, 2008

City gone wild

by C.W. Nicol

In June this year I took a group of Japanese friends and members of our Afan Woodland Trust up here in the Nagano hills on a trip to Britain. We went on an All Nippon Airways tour designed for people with an interest in ...

To cage or not to cage?

| Jun 4, 2008

To cage or not to cage?

by C.W. Nicol

I was born in 1940, in Neath, South Wales. My father went off to war and my mother took me to live in the relative safety of rural Suffolk in eastern England, where the Luftwaffe’s bombers seldom attacked. There, she worked as a nanny ...

Water in a 'howling wilderness'

| Apr 2, 2008

Water in a 'howling wilderness'

by C.W. Nicol

John Oxley (c. 1785-1828) was among the first Europeans to ever explore this flat, brown and red land, after he was appointed surveyor-general of the British colony of New South Wales in 1817. Back then, the Royal Navy officer called it “a howling wilderness ...

Talking sense about deer

| Feb 6, 2008

Talking sense about deer

by C.W. Nicol

We were filming a television documentary in the mountains of Hokkaido. It was winter, and bitterly cold. Through the trees, bare of leaves, we could see floe ice, dotted with eagles, gulls, crows and a few ravens. Then a raucous gathering of crows ahead ...

A tale of morels

| Aug 1, 2007

A tale of morels

by C.W. Nicol

I have a Canadian friend, Nedd Kenney, a brilliant scholar, musician and fieldworker who now lives on Baffin Island off the northeast coast of Canada. It was Nedd who got me my first bhodran (Irish drum), and came to my house in Kurohime, in ...