“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…
The 3 greatest threats to the planet 🌍👇
1. The belief that someone else will fix the problem.
2. Promises to protect the planet without necessary action.
3. Being convinced that environmental problems can be solved tomorrow.
"Attempts ... to keep fishing quotas within the sustainable limits advised by scientists failed, and an amendment aimed at banning supertrawlers from marine protected areas was also defeated." The stupidity & blindness of this beggars belief. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/oct/13/brexit-mps-reject-adopting-sustainable-quotas-in-fisheries-bill
I spent the week-end camping in Glen Affric, to make the most of the autumn colours. The rowans (like the blaeberries I posted about a few days ago) are particularly bright & vivid in their colours this year & really stand out amongst the other trees. The beauty of Nature!4