Meeting the rejected cast from Predator

Last weekend I set off to increase my understanding of a whole new world and I felt quite apprehensive about this expedition for several reasons. I had no understanding of any individual belonging to this strange world, I had heard that the weird and wonderful creatures belonging to this world were incredibly difficult to understand,…

Murmurings are afoot

The sky is full of wet clouds that don’t seem to lift much higher than the ground at the moment. The ice still slumps in puddles at midday into the following night, and with the snow gone, both people and the plants have are suffering a definite slump – very little energy left and many signs…

Learning the difference between a tick a chick

About six months ago I didn’t know the difference between a tick and a chick – they both sounded like the same thing to me and I couldn’t understand how anyone could split the two apart. I was very frustrated at this inability to distinguish between chicks and ticks so I asked my boss how…

“So… can we farm for wildlife now, please?”

This blog is titled so as it pretty much sums up how a conversation with my dad a few months ago, to get the sustainable agricultural ball rolling at Claypit hall. I have lived on this farm for the 22 and 3/4 years that I have existed, and largely speaking I wouldn’t change it for…

A Party with the Nightjars

This week I managed to sacrifice a few too many hours sleep to come and see the Nightjars up at Nottingham. Thankfully, and as expected, the evening was worth every missing wink. It was an evening filled with chicks, churrs and a batman-esque fight between two very frisky males – an event that had to be…

Cereals 2017

This month has been a baptism by fire in my new job as assistant manager at RSPB’s Hope Farm in Cambridgeshire. My first week working full time at the farm, following finishing my masters degree, and we were off to the Cereals 2017 event in Lincolnshire. This is one of the biggest events in agriculture,…

My first sighting of heron chicks at the nest!

I shall not say too much because my giddy excitement in the video says it all. All I will say is that this was my genuine first sighting of heron chicks, completely unexpected so early, and completely over the moon on a sunny afternoon. Please excuse the camera skills!

Mimicking a Lab Rat

It is becoming more and more apparent in conservation that we need a good understanding of translocation biology, and my research is working on just that. This is the moving of individuals of a species either between populations in the wild or from captivity into wild populations to boost genetic diversity. Where isolated populations have depleted…

Savouring Every Last Drop

Everybody has noticed more hours of light in the first week of March, and with more hours of beautiful sun comes a new urged desire to spend as much time enjoying it as possible. The air has a new and fresh scent, and the light that greets you as you walk out the door has…