James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.

An Island Microadventure


One of the great things about Lapland is that people are still in touch with ‘The Nature’. The seasons are so varied – the Winters SO harsh – that Finnish people really do make the most of every beautiful day.

I’m up here in Lapland with my friend Lawrence collecting data for my PhD research. One evening after a day spent working in the forest, we piled some food into a little boat and set off to find a beach for dinner. We were elated to discover our very own tiny island, too small to notice on our hastily photocopied map and the perfect setting for an evening campfire.

It took all of 25 seconds to walk around, came equipped with a sizable mosquito population and one single Willow warbler. What it didn’t have was any dry firewood, cue a quick row back to the mainland…

Around 10pm distant rumbles of thunder told us that our time was up, so we relinquished control of our island to the elements and paddled home!

You can read more about what we’re up to in Lapland over here, and see a map of our tiny island on Punkt!