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
Back in March I wrote about that strange time of year when it’s not quite winter any more, but still not yet spring. Well, now it’s very much the time when there are hints of autumn just around the corner, and yet pieces of summer can still linger on and make you feel that – … More A last bit of summer at RSPB Dungeness
If you’ve followed my previous posts, you will have heard about the “Garden Bioblitz” event that took place in the UK over the weekend of 21st and 22nd July. This event came about after I chatted about my own ‘urban bioblitz‘ last year on Twitter and a number of fellow wildlife enthusiasts told me that … More Garden Bioblitz a big success!
At the end of my last post I mentioned that some friends and I were setting up a “Garden Bioblitz” event, to encourage others to have a look at what’s living in their gardens. Well, it’s happening this weekend! This year, the event is a small-scale trial to test how it will all work in … More Garden Bioblitz – just a few days to go!
Last summer I wrote a long blog post about my small, urban garden and a ‘Bioblitz’ I performed in it, to try and find out exactly what was living on my doorstep. It really brought home to me how important even small actions are for wildlife, and inspired me to try and do even more … More My urban garden – an update
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
It’s a funny time of year. Everywhere you look, there are tantalising glimpses of spring being just around the corner – indeed, I was writing the notes for this blog while sitting in the sunshine in the park, with my coat off and surrounded by courting pigeons, blooming daffodils and even the odd bee. I … More Not quite winter, not yet spring
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