Category Archives: About the blog

Missed opportunities

A few recent days out have again shown how foolish it is to ever say “I won’t bother with my camera”. It’s brilliant to be in the moment, but you can miss great opportunities that may not reappear. I’ve had … Continue reading

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Brexit, Henry VIII, and a real threat to our environment

I’ve largely stayed off politics on the blog the past few months but today, a week after the Article 50 notification and the ‘triggering’ of Brexit, it seems timely to raise an ongoing threat to our natural world this poses.

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Climate change, habitat loss, and adaptation in birds and insects

A recent study has been looking at the way animals adapt to a changing climate, and it presents a mixed picture of gains and losses.

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Get Wild About Gardens

The total acreage of UK gardens exceeds that of all the nature reserves combined. So just imagine if all 15 million were managed to give a bit of assistance to struggling wildlife. That’s the idea behind Wild About Gardens.

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Vote Remain for Nature and the Environment

As most readers will know, whether in the UK or not, on Thursday Britain’s electorate will be polled on whether or not to remain a member of the European Union. It is possible to read a million-and-one opinion pieces on … Continue reading

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Always read the instructions first… preparing for the Big Garden Birdwatch

So this weekend is the Big Garden Birdwatch, and as always I’m waiting to see whether the weather produces a bonanza or a damp squib. I decided to try something different this year, which is to photograph the birds that … Continue reading

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Gender stereotyping of interests – inspired by @BirdgirlUK and @LucyMcRobert1

Very little angers me as much as the attitude that “Interest X is not for Gender Y”. It may be “girls aren’t interested in birds”, or “boys aren’t interested in flowers”, or any of one million other variants. But it’s … Continue reading

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An active lifestyle – It doesn’t just mean sport

Two recent statements from ministers have set me thinking. Environment Minister Liz Truss has said she wants children to learn the proper names for animals and plants. While she has been mocked for this, it’s not a bad point. Engagement … Continue reading

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So you want to be a birdwatcher… Part 4 A few final thoughts

So to close this little series, a few final thoughts: You may see people in hides with massive cameras, telescopes, tripods, and binoculars that look like they could be mounted on a tank. Do not feel inadequate. You are not … Continue reading

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So you want to be a birdwatcher… Part 3 Heading Out

So you have your ‘bins’ and your pocket guide. You have practiced in the garden and in the park. What next? Well, next is your first proper birding walk. Pick somewhere local, ideally a route that allows you to take … Continue reading

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