Pea thief: a slippery-sided bucket will foil the wood mouse. Illustration: Michael Viney

There they are again, pushing up a whole inch – centimetres aren’t strong enough – from the margarine tub on my workroom window sill: the first tomato(...)

One historical example of biophilic design in Ireland is Christchurch Cathedral. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In his 1984 book, Biophilia, American biologist Edward O Wilson described the term as humanity’s “urge to affiliate with other forms of life”.This “ur(...)

Spring audition: Browning wrote about the song thrush. Illustration: Michael Viney

Back on duty as soon as the rising temperature allowed, a song thrush has been waiting on the same branch, morning after morning, to share with(...)