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

Avon Wildlife Trust BioBlitz at Chew Valley Lake

I spent last Saturday volunteering at another ‘BioBlitz’ event, this time on behalf of the Avon Wildlife Trust. Run in partnership with Bristol Water, the event was held at Chew Valley Lake, a beautiful site just to the south of Bristol. This lake not only supplies Bristol with water, but is also great for wildlife and … More Avon Wildlife Trust BioBlitz at Chew Valley Lake

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