Buzzing after a meeting with the Buzzards!

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….

WEEK 1 SIGHTINGS

Ok, so after how well some people have been doing on their Bird Races, whereby they try to sight as many new species within the year, I think my bird sightings could be seen as a little modest… However, I was very pleased with this weeks sightings – 3 new species to me and a…

The week we went to Welney

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to visit Welney Wildlife Reserve with my family. It was a trip I had been looking forward to all Christmas, and after an article I had written on the Whooper swan last month, I couldn’t wait to finally meet these amazing birds. Upon arrival we were lucky enough to see…

The Badger Set, 2/1/2017

Over the past few weeks, I have captured hours of footage. Unfortunately, of which mostly consisted of branches, twigs, and dead foliage. I am sure you will understand how ecstatic I was, therefore, to find that last night all the local wildlife had come to visit the badger set! I managed to find badgers, which…

New Year – New Resolutions!

2016 was, despite a few global political disasters, a fantastic year. I have successfully completed the bachelor’s part to my degree, and have nearly completed my Zoology Master’s that I have been thoroughly enjoying. I have taken my desire to work in Science Communication by the horns, and have since become a proud contributor to…

Bird Personality of the Year 2016

So sports personality of the year has been dubbed by some of my friends as the new Lack of Personality of the Year (not me, I promise… sort of). Andy Murray, we may love you in a way, but achieving the title of three times winner is a little excessive for somebody I have seen…

The fastest animal on earth nested in the heart of Nottingham

After David Attenborough’s most recent Planet Earth episode on cities, it gives me great pleasure to introduce a record breaker living in our small corner of the globe. Here we provide a home to nothing less than the fastest animal on earth, diving for prey at speeds up to 389km/h with deathly precision. With a…

Dogs help conservation – really!?

For many people, particularly in my neck of the woods, hearing the words dog and conservation in the same sentence will translate to how dogs are destroying the wildlife, disrupting ground nesting birds or small mammals, and generally causing havoc around the countryside. Following this, it was quite novel and to be honest rather intriguing to…

A Beautiful Early Morning with the Red Deer

Everything seems to have settled down after the establishment of the leks during the rutting season in October. The men have been sorted from the boys, and the boys now seem a little lost and confused. The females calmly graze by their designated protective fellows, and their babies by their side look like they are…

Rutting and Red Deer Conservation

It’s rutting season again! The stags are full of testosterone, chasing the ladies, and calling to warn other males of the unwelcome greeting they will receive if important antics are interfered with. Last week I had a fantastic afternoon watching the males, albeit from a very safe distance, with fascination over the tireless determination used…

Badgers, Bovine TB and Bad Scientific Practice

Bovine tuberculosis is a long-term epidemic in the South West of England that spreads fear across farmers as cattle are slaughtered to control the spread of the disease. With the potential of transmission from badgers to cattle or humans, the badger cull pilot scheme was launched in 2013, with an aim to reduce Bovine Tuberculosis in…

Summer Swallows!

So the summer has come to a close whether we like it or not, and with the end of the long and sunny days (sometimes!), comes an end to natures family making as well. The Swallows in particular have exploited any nooks and crannies available to nest their young. A local stables has a thriving…