“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
“I realised that I was watching a major event in the life of this shieldbug, the closest human equivalent of which may be being born from our mother’s womb. Somehow it felt like a great privilege to witness this profound and almost miraculous process of transformation. It’s a useful exercise to imagine what it must feel like to break out of what ha …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…
As long as our society is driven by the need to make a profit at the expense of others & the planet, this sort of outrageous deceptive behaviour will continue. All human commercial activities must put the wellbeing of people & the planet first, not profit. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-53640382
Another photo from the 30th anniversary of the Coille Ruigh fence in Glen Affric on 14th Sept 2020, & the comparison image from 1990. In places like this, the regenerating trees have grown slowly because of poor/wet soils, but they are creating heterogeneity in the forest.2
Whatever the truth of these allegations (& given their source their authenticity has to be questioned), the US has many times more weapons stored across Europe than Hezbollah. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/17/us-accuses-hezbollah-weapons-ammonium-nitrate-iran