I usually use this blog to write about my wildlife experiences and other nature-related things, but this time it’s more of a personal post. After five years working as a writer and editor for a leading wildlife charity, spending my days researching and writing about endangered species, I have finally taken the brave step of … More New beginnings – going freelance!
After what has been a pretty decent summer in the UK this year, recent weeks have given us the first real taste of autumn. This has mostly been a benign combination of cooler temperatures and beautiful crisp, misty mornings, but two weeks ago the first autumn storm rolled in, with a cloudy morning giving way … More Birdwatching whatever the weather
Following on from my previous post about my birdwatching trip to the Algarve, Portugal, here’s a summary of some of the other places Ed and I visited and a few of the species you might be able to encounter there. For a full list of the wildlife we saw, see the Casa Rosa birdwatching website. … More Birdwatching in the Algarve – Part 2
Having recently come back from an excellent birdwatching trip to the Algarve, in southern Portugal, I thought I’d give a quick summary of the places I visited and some of the wildlife I managed to spot in the hope of inspiring anyone else who might be thinking of a wildlife holiday in the region. The … More Birdwatching in the Algarve – Part 1
I’ve written a couple of previous blogs about my tiny urban garden and the things I’ve done to try and make it more attractive to wildlife. It was the inspiration for the recent Garden Bioblitz event that took place across the UK, and it has brought me enormous pleasure in terms of bringing a little … More Wildlife gardening ups and downs
Over the weekend of 1st and 2nd June, hundreds of people across the UK took part in the country’s first national Garden Bioblitz event. It was a huge success, even featuring on Springwatch and in BBC Wildlife Magazine, and we had loads of positive feedback from people who had enjoyed scouring their gardens for all … More Garden Bioblitz 2013 – the results so far
My boyfriend and I recently made our first ever visit to RSPB Ynys-hir, a fantastic reserve on the south side of the Dyfi estuary in Wales, and the venue for the BBC’s Springwatch series. After getting some great views of ospreys in flight up the road at the Dyfi Osprey Project, we arrived at Ynys-hir … More Spring at RSPB Ynys-hir
The UK’s first national Garden Bioblitz is fast approaching (1st-2nd June – put it in your diary!), and for the past few weeks I have been busy trying to tidy up my small garden and make it a bit more attractive to wildlife in preparation for the big event. I have filled empty pots with … More The Bucketpond Challenge
I can’t promise you any pretty pictures in this post. To be honest, my garden is looking anything but pretty at the moment. Despite a fresh, almost spring-like feel to the weather this weekend, the plants and wildlife in my back yard have yet to awake properly from their winter slumber. Last year’s growth has … More The gardening year begins!
This time last year I looked back at my wildlife experiences of 2011, and listed some of the things I most wanted to see and do in 2012. So I thought it was time to catch up on how my plans for 2012 went, and to look ahead to what 2013 might bring. A few … More Wildlife highlights of 2012