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Poems for Maligned Species ebooks welcomed !!

Happy New Year from the Maligned Species project!

We do hope you have been enjoying the podcasts and the writing from our four ecologists and nine poets.

Maligned Species is an Arts Council England funded project – hoping to encourage YOU to write poetry with a more scientific slant than you are, perhaps, used to…

Through reading the prompts written by Brett Westwood, Matthew Oates, John Handley and Nigel Brown, listening to their podcasts, listening to the Poet’s podcasts, doing your own research and observation we hope that you feel inspired and challenged to write poems about spiders, stinging nettles, grey squirrels and/ or frogs !!


You may well have already written a poem – if so, hooray !

If you haven’t – you have until the end of January !

Please do send your poems in to:    at any time during January 2016  – and we will choose which poems to include in the four poetry ebooks, which will be on sale from February for £2.99 



  • You will be agreeing to its publication in an ebook, and its  publication in a printed book in the possible future.
  • It will be accepted as truth by Fair Acre Press that the name on the poem is the person who has written the poem,without infringing any copyright laws – here is a link to help clear up some of these complicated copyright issues
  • If you are aged 12 to 18 – please say this in your email – as we will need an adult’s agreement to publish your poem
  • Include your name, email address, and also, if you have it, a web page link
    e.g.  mine is
    – as we will link your name to the web page within the ebook, so readers can find out more about you, if they like your poem
  • Any poem should not have been previously published, as it should have been written during this project
  • Any feedback about the project – good, or bad – would be extremely helpful



write to you to let you know if we are including your poem(s) in any of the four ebooks

send you a copy of the ebook your poem(s) are featured in – as a thank you !

donate profit from the sale of the ebooks to Shropshire Wildlife Trust (Grey Squirrels), Buglife (Spiders), Plantlife (Stinging Nettles), and Froglife (Frogs)

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2 Responses to Poems for Maligned Species ebooks welcomed !!

  1. Andrea Argenton January 7, 2016 at 11:28 am #

    Good day.
    Apparently the Shropshire Wildlife Trust would seem to be involved in “controlling” (which usually means killing) grey squirrels. See “The Wildlife Trusts are working hard to save the Red Squirrel by improving its favoured habitats, controlling Grey Squirrels…”
    Is your project financing this kind of activity?
    Thank you in advance for your reply.
    Andrea Argenton

    • Nadia January 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

      Hi Andrea
      thanks for your comment.
      Yes you are right – “controlling’ usually means killing.
      There is a law in England, (possibly the whole of the UK) that if you catch a grey squirrel here, you are legally obliged to kill it.
      So things are already legally stacked against the Grey Squirrel – though many would say – not enough yet
      There is the issue of how grey squirrels have so successfully spread through the country – and the damage they do to trees, as well as the red squirrel issue.
      We chose grey squirrels as one of the first four Maligned Species just because there is a lot of love And a lot of hate for them.
      Money will go to Shropshire Wildlife Trust – for general use, as they see fit: not for any specific project.
      We are based in Shropshire and that is why we chose Shropshire Wildlife Trust as one of our ecology organisations to support.
      Thanks so much for your comment
      Nadia x

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