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After working in universities for 30 years as a biomedical scientist, I took early retirement in 2009 and moved to Devon. I am Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Reading and writing is now my principal occupation. I write about science and about nature with a particular focus on how science fits in to society.
A century ago, the First World War began. At this time, Holton Heath, near Wareham was a quiet tract of heathland bordering Poole Harbour. Within a year everything had changed and the heath had been transformed into a busy construction Read more »
Philip Strange went to see the award-winning compost toilets at Monkton Wyld Court in west Dorset The hamlet of Monkton Wyld lies in a deep wooded valley in the far west of Dorset a few miles inland from Lyme Regis. Read more »
Philip Strange asks if the recent extreme winter weather reflects a change in our climate This winter, the UK experienced an exceptional series of storms. Heavy rain combined with strong winds and high waves led to widespread coastal flooding and Read more »
Philip Strange considers the complex story of some popular insecticides Late December is a low time of year for wild life, so I was surprised to see several fat, stripy bumblebees out foraging in both Dorset and in Devon when Read more »