4pm Sunday. The Autumn light casts a beautiful soft glow across the River Colne and its wild surroundings. Walking through the grass I can see patches still covered in dew, untouched by the sun throughout the day. I feel alone but not lonely. The goal of this walk is to find a Reeve’s muntjac so I … More A Lesson in Luck
Tonight I went for a walk with the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust in Harpendon Common. It wasn’t a long walk, but we weren’t there to get the miles in, we were there to find bats! Bats are not the winged-terrors that Halloween would suggest. Vampire bats do exist in the Americas, not the UK or Transylvania, … More What animal blows raspberries in the night?
There isn’t currently a way of finding out the population of every known species living in the UK, a way of examining each habitat, or seeing how either have fared over the last few decades, but the State of Nature Report is the closest we’ve come in recent years. This comprehensive report is the … More The State of Nature Report 2016
30 Days Wild is BACK! Here are the last few days of the challenge. As you can tell, the holiday set me back a bit; I’m not going to make excuses, but it may have been the wine…
I’ve been growing some chillies on my windowsill for the last two months after my Dad surprised me with a kit when I got home from work one day. They’ve been doing really well but they’ve got a bit too big for their boots. Currently 9 chillies are all sitting in the same tin bucket … More Day 12: It’s getting hot in here
We get absorbed in our own world and only see things/animals that are large enough to notice at a glance. Sometimes, to see the best animal spectacles you need to look for something a little bit smaller. For day 11 I searched for an aphid colony that was being farmed by ants. This is quite … More Day 11: insect farms
Cow parsley is EVERYWHERE at the moment. I walk past so much of the stuff when I’m at work that I had to take a closer look to see what animals where living on and around it. I was excited to find a few animals just within ten minutes of casual exploring. The animal that … More Day 10: Looking for some Ladies
This one is pretty self explanatory! Because it was so sunny I decided to look along the edge of a small woodland by Regent’s canal for some basking snakes. I’ve often seen Aesculapian snakes in this area even though you won’t typically find them around the UK. They are a European species with only two … More Day 9: Scales in the sunshine
Happy World Ocean Day! It’s the day we celebrate everything that lives in the sea. Whales and dolphins are animals that have always captivated my imagination and were the animals that first got me thinking about wildlife. I remember there being a few two-page spreads in an encyclopaedia I had when I was young. Their … More Day 8: World Ocean Day!
A simple way to take part in #30DaysWild is to change your commute. In total I travel for 1hr 15mins approximately from door to door. 30-35minutes of that is walking. Not through lush green woodland as you would hope, through side streets and alleys that frankly smell. Dead animals are a common sight though Im … More Day 7: A new journey