“Alan has been an inspiration for many decades, with the vision to see Scotland recover some of its forests.”
Welcome to my web site! I am an inspirational public speaker, ecologist, nature photographer and writer based in the Findhorn Community in the northeast of Scotland.
In 1986 I founded the award-winning conservation charity, Trees for Life, which works to restore the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands.
I care deeply about our planet, and have dedicated my life to protecting its biological diversity and sharing the beauty and wonders of the natural world through my photographs, talks and writing. Read more
My latest blog post
This blog follows on from Part 1 and Part 2 in this series with the same name, covering some of the species and ecological relationships I observed in Glen Affric during my visits there in 2018. It picks up the story in the middle of August, when the forest was full of a wide diversity of insects, many of them feeding on the flowering plants that f …Read more
Image of the Week
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just published a new perpetual calendar – good for any year – entitled Forests Forever. It features 366 beautiful photographs of trees and forests from over 45 countries around the world – one for each day of the year – combined with quotations from people who have been inspired by trees, including Wangari Maathai, John Muir, Hermann Hesse and many others.
The calendar makes an ideal gift for anyone who appreciates trees and cares about the forests of the world. Further information, including many sample pages, and ordering details are available here.Read more
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Ecologist, nature photographer and inspirational speaker. Founder of the award-winning charity Trees for Life.
As an apex predator, the jaguar is an indicator of the health of tropical rainforests in South America. It needs large areas of natural habitat & prey to survive. Oil exploration has no place in the Ecuadorian Amazon & should be stopped immediately. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/11/ecuadors-vanishing-jaguars-the-big-cat-vital-to-rainforest-survival
It's always welcome when a species thought to have been lost to extinction is re-dsiscovered. This one is particularly special, as it's the world's smallest ungulate. Its survival now will depend on the protection of its forest habitat & no snares. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/11/mouse-deer-not-seen-nearly-30-years-found-alive-vietnam
The sand dunes here at Findhorn are nationally important for their rare lichens, but they also have some interesting fungi. I photographed this one today. It's the sandy earthtongue fungus (Sabuloglossum arenarium) - there are only a handful of records for it in Scotland.