Tim’s reports, books, articles and talks have contributed to ecological thought and environmental policy in Australia and more widely. Written for a general audience, his books have attracted broad academic interest and serve as recommended reading in many university courses. His environmental consultancy work is sometimes highlighted by the media and cited in journal articles and books. He speaks at events around Australia and internationally and his columns, articles and photos have appeared widely.
The New Nature
The conservation movement talks about declining species, as it should, but this leaves many people unaware that some animals and plants are doing better today than ever before – because they have found ways to exploit us. Australia has winners as well as losers. Animals don’t have any concept of ‘natural’ or ‘unnatural’ so they don’t automatically recoil from cities and farms. Sometimes they can do better in cities than in forests – Australian cities are gaining animals over time. Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane now have peregrine falcons nesting on their skyscrapers. The notion of wilderness can get in the way of understanding all this because it implies that nature is authentic only when there is no human influence. But animals and plants have been benefiting from humans ever since Aboriginal people began burning the ‘wilderness’ to manage it.