Today I thought I would try something different and, forgoing the urge to travel in search of nature, opted for a more relaxed approach to observation. Choosing to simply sit, watch and wait in a setting that, more so than any other, has enthused me since childhood: the Half-Penny Wood. It was the river which held … Continue reading Half-Penny: by the riverside
Well, that's that then. Today, after four months of fieldwork, data analysis, frustration, sublime locations and sensational wildlife, I submitted my MSc thesis. The title: a comparison of monitoring techniques used to assess Atlantic Puffin breeding density. Truth be told, I am rather glad to see the back of the lengthy document. Not because I disliked writing … Continue reading Farewell university, once again
Following my first post on the subject, I thought I would revisit the matter of great mobile applications designed to make life easier for naturalists on the go - there are just so many worthy of a mention and it very, very difficult to choose! With this in mind, featured below are five more educational, … Continue reading Five MORE great apps for modern naturalists
I love moth trapping. I adore the expectant thrill that abounds when venturing into the unknown each morning; as I carefully remove egg boxes and examine the various colourful critters disguised beneath. Mothing, for me, is addictive, exhilarating even - each morning bringing some different; whether in the form of a new species, a record … Continue reading An interesting record…
It's been over a year since I last blogged on the issue of driven grouse shooting: since I last expressed a view on a subject that, as both a raptor lover and a pragmatist, deeply interests me. I would be delighted to say here that things have changed over the past year; that the brazen … Continue reading More of the same from the grouse industry
I am delighted to announce that yesterday, following an exhausting day of trekking in the Yorkshire Dales, myself, Sacha Elliot and Tiffany Francis (otherwise known as the Curlew Crusaders) concluded our three peaks for Curlew challenge. Hooray! Taking in the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside (in my opinion, the worst of the three) and Ingleborough, we completed the twenty-six-mile hike … Continue reading Three Peaks for Curlew – Success!