Over the weekend I found myself in a quiet part of Yorkshire along the east coast, far from everyone else. Having seen the traffic heading for Scarborough, it was wonderful to be somewhere without another human soul.
Posted in Biology, Birds, Botany, conservation, Ethology, Green exercise, Invertebrates, Media, Phenology, Plants, Why watch wildlife?
Tagged barn owl, biology, blackcap, buzzard, chiffchaff, conservation, grasshopper warbler, grassland, hobby, kestrel, marsh harrier, tree planting, trees, whitethroat, woodland
Bit of a departure from my normal posts here, as this is more of an essay with less pictures. Hopefully it’ll be interesting though. Over the weekend, I found myself sucked into a question as to whether vultures could live … Continue reading
Posted in Art and culture, Biology, Birds, conservation, England, Ethology, Fossils, Media, Scientific Terminology, Why watch wildlife?, Wildlife stories, Zoology
Tagged bearded, bearded vulture, british isles, carrion, cork, egyptian, egyptian vulture, england, griffon, griffon vulture, gypaetus, gyps, habitat, ireland, lammergeier, native vulture uk, neophron, Scotland, uk, united kingdom, vulture, vultures, wales
A couple of weeks on and most of the plants have arrived and now been placed, at least temporarily, in the pond. What’s brilliant is that this has almost immediately attracted wildlife in.
Posted in Biology, Botany, Gardening, Green exercise, how to, Invertebrates, Plants, Wildlife Pond
Tagged diving beetle, hornwort, pond, pond creation, water beetle, Wildlife Pond
It’s possible that some of you noticed that one of the blue tits in yesterday’s post had an unusually long beak. That’s because, presumably, it is suffering from Avian Keratin Disorder.
While the Pochards have been a story characterised by their unexpected presence, for the Great-Crested Grebes it has instead been one of disappointing absence. But a few weeks back they reappeared, and since then something really interesting has happened.
Posted in Biology, Birds, Ethology
Tagged autumn, breeding, brooding, clutch size, great crested grebes, grebes, late breeding, nesting, october, september
Back to Heslington Lake now, and some slightly unusual behaviour I have been observing.
Posted in Biology, Birds, Ethology, Invertebrates
Tagged barnacle goose, butterflies, canada goose, chick, coot, Great crested grebe, juvenile, moorhen, nesting, pochard, red admiral, york, yorkshire
How many non-native species do you think there are in the UK? Ten? Fifty? A few hundred? Keep going upwards…
Posted in Biology, Birds, Botany, Invertebrates, Mammals
Tagged beaver, crayfish, grey squirrel, himalayan balsam, introduced, invasive, japanese knotweed, non-native, snow geese
With the rain continuing to fall I was wondering what I could write about today. Surely not another wildfowl photo?
Day 26 is really a second part to Day 25, coming from the first ever Local Nature Reserve, established in 1952. Aberlady Bay.
Posted in 30 Days Wild, Biology, Birds, Botany, Invertebrates, Scotland
Tagged 30 Days Wild, aberlady bay, butterflies, early purple orchid, marsh orchid, nature reserve, reed bunting, ringlet, Roe Deer, saltmarsh, skylark, viper's bugloss, whitethroat, yellowhammer
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
Posted in Amphibians, Biology, Birds, Botany, Invertebrates, Lancashire, Media, Plants, Why watch wildlife?, Wildlife stories, Yorkshire, Zoology
Tagged #WorldWetlandsDay, Leighton Moss, Martin Mere, North Cave, Old Moor, Ramsar, Unesco, World Wetlands Day, World Wetlands Day 2017