Short-eared owls and waders: adventures on the Isle of Sheppey

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

Posing partridges and other farmland birds

Last week I got the chance to spend an evening listening for quail and spotting some other farmland birds near Marshfield, in Gloucestershire. This area is a hotspot for birds such as quail, corn buntings and other traditional farmland species which are sadly becoming much less familiar sights elsewhere. Thankfully, these birds appear to be … More Posing partridges and other farmland birds

Slimbridge in June

Last weekend I managed to make a trip to one of my favourite birding places – WWT Slimbridge. This is one of the first reserves I started visiting when I moved to Bristol and it’s still somewhere I regularly go back to. Slimbridge is run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), and is a … More Slimbridge in June

Spring on the Somerset Levels (albeit without much sun!)

Yesterday I finally got the chance to get back down to one of my favourite wildlife-spotting areas, the Somerset Levels. Could have spent all day there but sadly had to limit myself to visiting just two places (still good going though!) – Shapwick Heath NNR and RSPB Ham Wall. These are two great wetland reserves … More Spring on the Somerset Levels (albeit without much sun!)