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
Posted in Birds, Mammals, Scillies, Why watch wildlife?
Tagged cetaceans, common dolphin, gannet, guillemot, gull, minke whale, razorbill, Scillies, scillonian, seawatching, shearwater, uk
A three hour ferry journey from the Isles of Scilly back to the mainland offered the opportunity to see what wildlife was about.
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.
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.
Posted in 30 Days Wild, Birds, Botany, Mammals
Tagged 30 Days Wild, barn owl, chick, grey heron, Lower Derwent Valley, marsh tit, marsh tit fledgling, National Nature Reserve, otter, pied wagtail, reed bunting, Roe Deer, song thrush, sunset, swallow, Wheldrake Ings, willow warbler, yorkshire wildlife trust
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
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.
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.
While the whole world wondered if the world was ending, we were walking to an old Cumbrian church under Ophelia’s induced red sun.
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
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