Category Archives: Mammals

Isles of Scilly Part One – And I didn’t even leave the boat…

I’ve recently returned from the Isles of Scilly, a naturalists paradise (and a paradise for artists, photographers, really anyone who values natural beauty, peace, and quiet). As such, I’ve got a fair few photos to share, which I’m going to … Continue reading

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30 Days Wild – Day 1 – Seawatching

A three hour ferry journey from the Isles of Scilly back to the mainland offered the opportunity to see what wildlife was about.

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Whitby Harbour, October 2018

A day out may not involve wildlife-watching, not as a specific goal. But that doesn’t mean treats cannot be found, especially with once-wild species increasingly urbanised.

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30 Days Wild – Day 7 – Sunset over Wheldrake Ings

As it was a glorious evening, I decided to go have a couple of hours wandering round Wheldrake Ings. I hoped I might get lucky and spot a barn owl. We’ll see how that worked out later.

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30 Days Wild – Days 4-6 – Fruitless vole hunts

One thing I have been meaning to do, and running out of time for, is a formal water vole survey of the section of the River Foss that I tend to walk. It has to be done by the 15th … Continue reading

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30 Days Wild – Days 2 and 3 – Starlings and foxes

We’ve had a noisy garden invasion recently as the first set of starling chicks have tipped out into the garden. They give nobody, certainly not us or their parents, a moment’s peace as they are constantly crying for more food.

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30 Days Wild 2018 – Day 1 – Bat Walk

Yes, 30 Days Wild has come round again. June seems to have slightly snuck up on me, hence no build-up to it this year. But I’ll be aiming once again for daily posts right through the month.

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Apocalyptic suns, churchyard bears, and tame deer

While the whole world wondered if the world was ending, we were walking to an old Cumbrian church under Ophelia’s induced red sun.

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Some thoughts on non-native species

How many non-native species do you think there are in the UK? Ten? Fifty? A few hundred? Keep going upwards…

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30 Days Wild – Day 23 – From the train

It’s easy to think you cannot possibly have moments of wildness from a train. After all, what is there but a carriage, and people?  But as it all whizzes past an array of habitats flash before your eyes. Meadow, field, … Continue reading

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