In a previous blog back in June 2011 I wrote about one of my favourite birdwatching places, WWT Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, UK. In that post, I talked about what a fantastic place Slimbridge is – it really has something for everyone, whether you are a serious birder or just want an enjoyable family day out. … More Up close with the birds at WWT Slimbridge
The other week I was lucky enough to join a Bristol Naturalists’ Society walk to RSPB Highnam Woods in Gloucestershire in search of that master of song, the nightingale. I’d never actually heard a nightingale before – they’re sadly quite a rare thing these days. There is so much history and folklore surrounding these special … More A nightingale sang
Over Easter I managed to visit family in Kent and take a walk at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, a lovely reserve on the edge of Sevenoaks, owned by the Kent Wildlife Trust. After some glorious warm weather the week before, spring appeared to have been put on hold temporarily, and the day had turned out rather … More An Easter walk
So… it’s that end of the year time when everyone looks back at the past year, comes up with endless lists of the “Top 10 …….. of 2011”, and starts making their New Year’s resolutions as they look forward to the year ahead. I’ve had a great year in terms of wildlife encounters, in the … More 2011: The year in wildlife
I’m hoping to write a proper post over the next day or so giving a round-up of the wildlife I’ve seen and the wildlife adventures I’ve had over the past year. However, I couldn’t resist a final short post on my latest wildlife trip – a raptor and wader spectacular on the Isle of Sheppey … More Short-eared owls and waders: adventures on the Isle of Sheppey
I am not a big fan of winter. I like snow, but I don’t do well in the cold and dark, and would be more than happy to have hot sunshine all year round. However, in recent years I’ve come to realise that while winter wildlife watching may involve plenty of layers, frozen extremities and … More Winter sunshine and avocets on the Exe
Further to my post the other day on partridges and other farmland birds – my friend Ed has made a short recording about the farmland birds at Marshfield. You can listen to the recording on Soundcloud – Highlighting rare farmland birds. Enjoy!