“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
Caterpillar of the poplar hawkmoth (Laothoe populi) on the leaf of an aspen tree (Populus tremula) at Dog Falls in Glen Affric. 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 … [Read More...]
Image of the Week
I’m pleased to announce that my wife, Pupak Haghighi, and I will be leading a special weeklong workshop, A Rewilding Journey: Rewilding the World and Ourselves, in Glen Affric in the Scottish Highlands from 7th to 14th September 2019.
The workshop is designed for people who have a serious interest in rewilding and are keen to make that a focus of practical work in their lives. It offers both an in depth practical experience of rewilding in action and a personal journey of discovery to find our individual power to make a real and lasting positive difference in the world.
Full details about the workshop are available here.Read more
Over on Twitter…
Fossil fuel companies have been in denial for decades about their responsibility for #ClimateBreakdown, but this takes their grossly irresponsible behaviour to new heights. They need to be recognised & treated as the planet-wrecking criminals that they are https://t.co/SqO6jAyZ6f
Restoring big predators like wolves will be essential if we're to restore ecosystems. We should be more afraid of a dead planet.
I was in China last month as an invited speaker at the 3rd Sino-German International Forum on Natural Education, held in Chongqing. Whilst there I was interviewed briefly about my thoughts on the importance of Nature in education for children: