‘Why do birds have to wake up so early?’ I thought, groaning as my alarm went off at what surely was not a time of the morning at which humans should be awake. After a busy week of work, a 4:30am start on a Saturday morning was not quite what I wanted, but it was … More Nature Quest: Listening to the Dawn Chorus
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’ve mentioned before that I live in quite an urban part of Bristol, and that although it’s a nice area and Bristol is a great place to live, my part of it is pretty much devoid of trees, grass or really anything other than tightly packed houses, cars and concrete. I am lucky in having … More An Urban Bioblitz
Just a quick update on the peregrine family I talked about a few weeks ago – all five chicks have now fledged and are out and about in the Avon Gorge, just on the edge of Bristol. I popped along to the Bristol Ornithological Club’s Peregrine Watch yesterday afternoon to try and spot them. At … More Update on the Avon Gorge peregrines
Ok, so I had intended to write something on this over a week ago, but somehow ended up going out birdwatching instead over the weekend… The other week I was lucky enough to go along and watch peregrine chicks being ringed in the Avon Gorge, in Bristol. These fantastic birds of prey underwent sharp declines … More Peregrine ringing in the Avon Gorge
I’ve been itching to write my next post all week and have been busy taking photos ready for it, so here goes. I’ve also got exciting peregrine-related stuff to talk about but thought that peregrines might overshadow gulls somewhat, so decided to give the gulls a fair go first! I’ve been living and working in … More The Gulls of Bristol
On Friday I took part in the Bristol Bioblitz, a 30-hour race against the clock to find as many species as possible. This year it was held at the Tyntesfield Estate, just outside Bristol. Despite some ominous clouds and the heavens opening at the start of the day, the weather soon turned warm and sunny … More Bristol Bioblitz
Well, here goes the new blog! This is my second ever attempt at writing one (or third, if you count an unsuccessful attempt on another website which broke before I could even write my first post!). The plan is just to natter a bit about species I’ve seen lately, wildlife walks I’ve been on, species … More The new blog!