Autumn Events for 2016

The last few weeks have been pretty crazy and I haven’t had time to blog for a while, sorry! However, in light of further busy times in the run up to Christmas I thought it would be a good opportunity to share with you some of my scheduled Autumn Events for 2016. 17th November – I will be giving a talk to the March Camera Club on Alpine Flora and Fauna. I will look in detail at the rich biodiversity of this beautiful part of Europe and share my passion for photographing the many species which call it home. This will be at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel in March, Cambridgeshire from 7:30pm.     19th November – I will be back at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel in March for their annual Christmas Craft Fayre – the first of the season. I look […]

Brilliant Birdfair

This year, for only the second time, I visited the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water. The fair took place over 3 days last weekend and is affectionately known as Birdfair. As on my first ever trip last year, I loved everything about it! Despite my being on crutches on the day after a nasty ligament injury only a few days previously, I was able to hobble successfully to every stand imaginable. It has been described as The birdwatchers’ Glastonbury but for those of you who haven’t been (apart form the fact that I highly recommend you do!) I will try to explain what it is that makes it such a wonderful event: 1. The stands Whatever your interest with wildlife may be there is a stand for you – although called the Birdfair, there are a great many other […]

Autumn anthology joy

After a brief break for the last couple of weeks I am pleased to be back blogging again and even more so as I have some exciting news to share: the latest in a wonderful series of books for the Wildlife Trusts is out now and again I am thrilled to have a piece of writing within its crisp, new pages! Like the previous editions, this beautiful anthology is a mixed anthology of old and new works exploring the progression of autumn in our countryside and I was pleased to have a piece about the importance of the hedgerow during this season of fruitfulness accepted. I am particularly excited to be featured alongside such writing greats as Rev. Gilbert White, WB Yeats and Dylan Thomas as well as some wonderful present day writers like the editor Melissa Harrison, John Lewis-Stempel and Amy Liptrot. Once again though, I am lucky to find myself among friends as […]

Magical Meadows

Last week’s wonderful guest post about the creation of a wood-meadow by Lin Hawthorne inspired me to revisit a local and rather magical meadow. I thought I would share with you a few of the reasons why, for me, it is such a special spot. Let me start by describing it. By comparison to Lin’s lovely space, it is a much smaller plot for starters at under two acres. It is a vaguely almond shaped field which lies alongside a railway line. On the one side it is bounded by the embankment which is covered in low growing trees and shrubs, while the other is contained by a mixed hedgerow backing on to a country lane. It is wetter at one end than the other and there are a profusion of ant hills dotted throughout the space. Rabbits are frequently seen diving […]

Bat punt safari

The ecology survey season is upon us. I’ve already completed my first newt surveys of the season and last week I was invited by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust to join them on their first bat punt safari of the season, along the river Cam. I’ve done plenty of bat surveys in my time but have rarely had the opportunity to observe bats with a detector in my free time and never from a punt! I was intrigued and excited by the concept and as the evening approached was relieved to find that the weather was nothing short of wonderful – a minor miracle in itself after snow, sleet and hail only ten days ago! These bat punt safaris have been running for 6 years now and have taken around 3000 people down the quiet waters of the […]