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Today is World Wetlands Day, an annual event run by the Ramsar Convention for the past twenty years to recognise the importance of wetland habitats. For 2017 the focus is on the value of these habitats to humanity, so I’m … Continue reading
When I was younger I used to think about dinosaurs a lot. I’d think about how they lived and interacted, what they might have looked like, all the usual things. But I also used to wonder about extinction. Did they … Continue reading
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.
A day of elusive insects and amphibians in Derby last weekend, but there were some treats amongst the frustrations.
Yesterday I talked a little about the world of noise going on in the times we think of as ‘quiet’, with quiet defined purely as ‘no human-made noise’. But what is all this extra noise for? “Why do birds sing?” … Continue reading
I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of listening recently, and of how crucial it is to any wildlife watching you do. Some of this has been prompted by the current nightly sound of Tawny Owls outside the house. When … Continue reading
At the weekend I took a trip down to Derby, where I like to wander through the Chaddesden Wood Local Nature Reserve. While the area has plenty of great birdlife, including a range of warblers (I saw/heard Chiffchaff, Blackcap and … Continue reading