Our vicar, Ian Tattum, is a regular contributor to several print and online media, including Church Times, The Land Lines Project, and The Pilgrim. His writings address a wide variety of topics, such as nature and nature writing, the history of science, Christian conservationism, and science fiction.
Here you can find his latest essays and book reviews, as well as links to publications in which his writings have appeared.
NEW! ‘In defence of allotments’
A review with a mission: read Julian Hoffman’s Irreplaceable and be moved to sign the petition to save Southfield’s Granville Road allotments.
‘It might soon be just two turtle doves’
Church Times , 20 December 2019
Taking a look at the mixed fortunes of the turtle dove.
‘A bigger net than Stanhope’s’,
Church Times, 6 Sept 2019
Recounting the extraordinary life of the Roman Catholic priest,
Père David, who discovered the giant panda.
‘Of Little Grey Men and wonder’
Church Times, 1 March 2019
Denys Watkins-Pitchford was a writer alert to the sacred quality of a shared home.
‘Hiding in plain sight’
Church Times, 2 November 2018
Mary Anning’s contribution to palaeontology was much more than a lucky find on a Dorset beach. She was a person of faith.
‘Luring ‘devil birds’ back to church’
Church Times, 25 May 2018
Celebrating the return of the swift with a reflection on habitat.
‘Feathered friend or opportunistic predator?’
Church Times, 21 December 2017
Robins are traditionally associated with Christmas, but they are not what they seem.
‘Airborne over Selborne’
Church Times, 13 October 2017
Celebrating the life of Gilbert White, the ‘archetypal parson-naturalist’.
‘And every winged bird according to its kind’
Church Times, 12 May 2017
Celebrating the life and work of John Ray, the parson-naturalist who defined the term ‘species’.