The State of Nature report has just been published. It gives an overview of how wildlife is doing in England.
Launched by David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum in London last night, and with 25 organisations involved in its compilation, we need take note.
Although there is some good news, overall wildlife and landscapes are under threat. Moreover, current conservation practice seems inadequate to the task.
For perspectives on this important report, read Martin Harper’s blogpost Why the state of nature matters,
Spike Walker – whose microscope images adorn the cover of The New Optimists – received the 2010 Combined Royal Colleges Medal from the Royal Photographic Society for “outstanding contribution to photography and its application in the service of medicine.”
Among the other many accolades he’s received, he’s also a 24-times Wellcome Image Award winner, the latest awarded in 2012.
You can view a slideshow of some of his amazing photographs in the left hand gallery panel on this home page, and watch this video for some behind the scenes footage of Spike at work in his lab, a converted garage!