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! https://youtu.be/P7-6h3ompfI
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 … Continue reading Mimicking a Lab Rat
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 … Continue reading Savouring Every Last Drop
The past few weeks have been busy, full of murmuring clues to say I've nearly finished university, apparently ready to embark on the next chapter of my life. Unfortunately, there has been something quite wrong about February, though. I have spent most of it inside. Many hours have been consumed by my thesis project, hunched … Continue reading Waxwing lyrical
These past two weeks I have been spoilt, yet again, for sightings of more exciting birds around Nottinghamshire. A fantastic, bright morning out ringing last Sunday, and a dusky afternoon around Attenborough gave nothing short of a treat in my bird count of 2017. Whilst out ringing, the new sightings of a Marsh and Coal … Continue reading WEEK 4 AND 5 SIGHTINGS
Well, this week has been a real treat for me in the bird world! A mini marathon biking to three nature parks in three days ensured my heart was full of nature fancies, and I certainly have felt all the better for it. Cloudy days? Drizzly rain? Ice biting cold? It doesn't matter, January's wildlife … Continue reading WEEK 3 SIGHTINGS
Thank you Nick Baker and the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for hosting an evening to discuss the state of nature in the UK - it was phenomenal. Having grown up to Nick enthusing my childhood with wildlife on TV, it was so satisfying to see that he was just as inspiring and encapsulating in real life. … Continue reading An evening with Nick Baker and the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Just a short post. Here are my bird sightings for the week, with four new additions to the list for 2017! Barn owl! (albeit from a car, but there was no doubt that this flash of cream in the night was one of these beautiful creatures) Little egret Redwing Long-tailed tit (both of these two shots … Continue reading WEEK 2 SIGHTINGS
Well, yesterday after the events that unfolded in front of the camera trap, I could not have hoped for anything more exciting than what I had already seen in daylight. Exciting was perhaps not the right word for what happened last night, but perhaps just downright weird. Not only had another interesting array of wildlife been … Continue reading When things got weird in the night!
This morning the snow was being blown around the sky like feathers shaken from vigorously from a down pillow, and the ice cold wind was sharp, whipping across my cheeks. Of course, the weather conditions were not ideal for catching wildlife on camera, but I had a feeling that I was going to get lucky. … Continue reading Buzzing after a meeting with the Buzzards!