Timely: this autumn’s supermoons and all the talk of life on Mars give a topical edge to I Was There’s distillation of evolution. Illustration: Michael Viney

How do you inspire an eight-year-old, say, with young delight in sharing with everything else on Earth, atoms born of the Big Bang, 14 billion years a(...)

Alien attack: knopper galls on acorns. Illustration: Michael Viney

A day-long blast from the mountain stripped the big willow of most of its leaves, leaving the garden path prettily patterned with lemony dashes and ar(...)