“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
Over on Twitter…
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Ecologist, nature photographer and inspirational speaker. Founder of the award-winning charity Trees for Life.
I'm very pleased to be part of this - it promises to be a stimulating & thought-provoking event. The COVID-19 lockdowns are helping everyone realise that they need to make 'Time for Nature' in their lives - join us on 5th June to get some ideas & inspiration for how to do this.
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When we give Nature a chance - some space for species to live, & for ecological functions to take place by themselves - the recovery process can & will happen. With careful planning we can assist & accelerate the process - that's ecological restoration. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/31/tunisias-sea-turtles-are-beating-the-odds-as-they-inch-towards-survival
This is a good article that rightly points out that there is a unique opportunity to change the whole basis of the world's economy, putting it on ecologically sustainable foundations. The question is, are our so-called 'leaders' up to the challenge? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52848184