Category Archives: Wildlife stories

All good things…

They say that ‘all good things must come to an end’. Today that applies, as this will bring to an end the sage of the late nesting Great Crested Grebes? But is it a happy ending? Advertisements

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Great Crested Grebes – Fighting back

Last week I said I was concerned as the grebe chick was getting mobbed badly by the gulls, and this put it at risk. This week, it has started fighting back.

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Why Watch Wildlife – The quinquennial review

I was quite surprised to realise today is five years since my first post on this blog. It’s been an interesting journey.

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The loneliness of the Black Swan…a story of loss and rejection

While the joys of Spring burst out over much of the campus, for at least one resident it is a pretty sad and lonely time. The widowed Black Swan…

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World Wetlands Day 2017 – Disaster Risk Reduction

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

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The time I thought I’d found a giant penguin

Since today is Penguin Awareness Day, I thought I’d share an embarrassing penguin story of my own. It relates to the time I thought I’d found evidence of a giant penguin surviving into recent history…

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Is the time right for a Natural History GCSE?

There has been an interesting idea circulating on Twitter this week. It has been started by the brilliant Mary Colwell, somebody I happen to have huge respect and admiration for. It’s not a new idea, but it remains an interesting … Continue reading

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An further note on pigeon intelligence, or lack of…

Yesterday’s bird of the week post on the Wood Pigeon mentioned the idea that domesticated pigeons may be smarter (“pigeon supremacist literature” as one person labelled it on Twitter!). But here’s a story that may cast doubt on that.

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Spurn Lighthouse

Something I didn’t mention yesterday was that the lighthouse at Spurn has now been restored and opened to the public. It’s well worth a visit for the views, as I’ll share here.

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Spurn Point 29 October 2016

With the recent flurry of amazing sightings at Spurn and along the East coast of Yorkshire, it seemed well worth a trip to the coast. But the report on the Spurn website that said ‘A disappointing exodus of migrants’ wasn’t … Continue reading

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