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Rebugging the Planet – book now available!

Welcome to my ‘rebugging the planet’ website. It is new but I am adding to it all the time and do follow me on Twitter and Instagram for news. This is to introduce you to my new book ‘Rebugging the Planet: The Remarkable Things that Insects (and Other Invertebrates) Do – And Why We Need to Love Them More‘.

The book is now available in all good bookshops in the UK, US and globally. See some initial reviews here. The Audio book is also available here (5+ hours). And you can find events, upcoming talks I am doing here. Do send any comments on the book, website or on bugs!

looking after the small creatures means looking after ourselves too

‘Rebugging the Planet’ gives you lots of tips as well as stories of the incredible bugs in our lives.

Where you can order

UK links

Now available on bookshop.Org.



USA links

World links

Book Depository


Very excited to see hard copies 10 June 2021- uncorrected proofs.

Latest version of front and back cover. Looking very lovely. Great design.

Here a a few photos of the book launch on 16 September in the Stoke Newington bookshop. And my son finding it the next day in a Glasgow bookshop.

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Thoughts on launching a book on bugs

A few thoughts on what it has been like to launch, like a leaping flea, into the world of book interviews, talks and podcasts on Rebugging the Planet.

Admittedly it’s not been a hard graft to spend time talking about something I love. And most interviewers (especially the Sustainababble crew) are fun to talk to. I’ve probably done about 12, and written at least 15 articles so far. I even found myself advising the good folk of Wisconsin, USA, on live radio how to deal with tick problems. A few observations:

  1. I was right. People do. Like. bugs. And do get the Rebugging your attitude idea real quick. Only a few bugs are a problem. Love or at least respect the rest.
  2. I am a bit shocked at how much I forgot to put in the book. Exciting interactions with bugs I only recalled after the book went to the printers and folk starting interviewing me. It was their questions that opened the dark tunnels of my mind. A termite would have found this far quicker.
  3. I hope everyone realises that the bleak ‘what if we don’t stop harming the bugs’ bit at the beginning is short. I quickly get positive in
  4. Its been rewarding to be asked about the hard stuff – why on earth talk about poverty and inequality and politics. It’s my bread and butter and we need more people engaged on politics and power. Lobbying can make steps. Movements make real change and lead to change the bold actions by governments everywhere.
  5. Many people want to know what they can do in their garden.. If everyone with a garden or yard did do something … I have calculated we’d create 50% more* space for bugs (the green corridors, food, refuges, healthy soil, mating and nesting hideouts they need etc).
  6. I am no photographer. Seriously. I have no skills. But I’ve loved sharing the pics I’ve taken with my smartphone in my garden to new audiences and encouraging everyone to snap, zoom in, and see how beautiful, funny, and extraordinarily designed bugs are.

It’s sobering to write this on the eve of the mega international United Nations climate summit (COP26) in Glasgow in November 2021. This huge event will, in many ways, determine the fate of the human race, and much of the natural world. Good luck to all the negotiators, activists, protestors going there. Leaders could get it so wrong.. too little action too late so the weather extremes, sea level rise and more all happen more and faster… or they could push the wrong actions that fail and/or create more problems than they solve (industrial biomass I am looking at you).

Climate crisis is something we can all now take action on. We can also all get rebugging – help the biodiversity side of the equation. Lots of tips in all parts of my book and great organisations to ask in the last chapter.

Do come hear me at Stamfords, London on 11 November or winter Hay in Wales 28th and more to come.

Nb Time zones. Arggg. When doing US interviews across several time zones – and add in our daylight savings…well a few almost missed recordings But thanks to Annie at OTB I can use this world time buddy now.

*not really.

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Podcasts, blogs and interviews on rebugging

I will update this with my latests podcasts about the book and interviews:

A quick video of me introducing my book.

I recently spoke at the Hay Festival Winter Weekend and you should be able to subscribe and watch it here.

Loved talking to the Wild Fed Podcast in November

A great fun interview with the Sustainababble crew.

Interview on the Permaculture Podcast Website. Or on popular podcast platforms: iTunes Spotify Stitcher.

I did a great Wisconsin public Radio phone in – fun chat on ticks and much more! link to my recent interview for LOVEreading LitFest. With Pestival founder Bridget Nicholas. Do have a listen.

On the fabulous ‘From what if to what next’ podcast with Rob Hopkins and Matt Shardlow of Buglife – new episode exploring ‘What if the bugs bounced back?‘ .

On the FARMGATE podcast talking bugs and farm policy

the Urban Farmer in the US interviewed me for his show twice maybe!

For the love of Bugs – in the Pesticide Action Network website

Go organic Blog Why we should all be ‘rebugging’ the planet

Its all about food – IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD podcast

My Q &A with A great Read –

A podcast with the Food Chain Radio in the US


Why I wrote Rebugging the Planet

OK so this book is about the remarkable importance of the spineless of this earth, why we should help them and how. It started life as a set of fun tips for rebugging which I wrote on my phone on a long journey somewhere. The list got longer, more detailed and more political. We can’t just make small changes – we need to affect the systems at fault from food supply change, to global economics. And I could not help myself.

Somehow, as is often the way with words, it developed into a bigger idea which the publisher Chelsea Green seemed to like.

It has been a big learning curve for me in writing this whilst also working on my regular job of campaigning and trying the influence the creation of a whole new set of farm and environment policies.

I thought I knew a fair bit when I started. I’ve kept a good eye on what’s happening in the invertebrate worlds through reading and keeping watch of research developments especially via the Royal Society of Entomology. But as i delved further, I was freshly amazed by how incredible the tiny creatures of this world are. How termites build.. how insects have incredible ways of working with plants.. by the impact of climate change on spiders.. by the key role tiny wood ants can play in keeping a forest healthy. The task was a delight and also daunting. How to chose what to include? What invertebrates to do us and what we can learn from them was big enough. But it was also good to develop more the ideas on what we can do to help, in a whole heap of ways from small to huge

My book could never shirk the hard stuff. It’s not only about planting native flowers and cutting out the chemicals … but about what you eat and wear, how you get political with a small ‘p’ to stop systemic problems that harm bugs. I could not fail to look at overconsumption and waste, and not just of food (my pet area) but clothes and other products too. And inevitably, the unacceptable power of global agro-chemical companies and grain traders as well as poverty and inequality. It all matters to bugs.

But there are lots of good tips and facts too – what we can learn from bugs – and links to useful organisations and guides to get you rebugging in whatever way you can.