When I set a number of wildlife-related ‘Nature Quest‘ challenges for myself at the beginning of this year, I did not initially list discovering my local wildlife patch as one of them. Instead, it developed almost accidentally over the year as I used my local green spaces to take breaks from my work, get fresh … More Nature Quest: Discovering my local patch
What’s your favourite thing about spring? I asked that back in March in my blog about the first signs of spring. Since then, spring has well and truly sprung, and already it feels like summer is just around the corner. One of the things I’ve most enjoyed over the last couple of months is looking … More Nature Quest: Spotting spring migrants
A couple of weeks ago I managed to complete a second ‘Nature Quest‘ challenge as part of my efforts to fill 2014 with more wildlife and outdoor adventures. After successfully watching winter wildfowl and waders as my first Nature Quest adventure, I decided to continue the theme with some more wetland and coastal birds as … More Nature Quest: Visit a new reserve
Thousands upon thousands of ducks, waders, geese and swans festoon the pools and flooded fields in front of me as they peacefully feed, bathe, preen and rest. The air is filled with sound: the high-pitched ‘peeps’ of teal, the funny ‘whee-ow’ of the wigeon , the harsh calls of geese, and the gentle bugling calls … More Nature Quest: Wildlife spectacles – Watching winter wildfowl
It’s that time of year again when I look back at my wildlife experiences over the past 12 months and look ahead to what the new year might bring. Last year I reviewed my wildlife highlights of 2012, and the year before I looked at my year in wildlife in 2011. I’ve had more great … More Nature Quest: discovering nature in 2014
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