My recent walks up to Coton Hill Community Woodland and fields have been filled with a magnificent array of species. As the temperature is rising wildlife is springing into action and taking every opportunity to embrace this warm weather, while it lasts. The damselflies emerge from their nymph forms to reveal delicately painted... Continue Reading →
How to Create a Mini Wildlife Pond - (Part One) There are many ways in which you can attract wildlife to y garden. One the best is to build a wildlife pond. When considering setting up a pond in your garden the first practical consideration is where to place it. It is important to... Continue Reading →
When it comes to natural history and faith, I find that both subjects complement each other and enhance my perspective of the natural world. There is something, I feel, that is spiritually uplifting when you observe a creature, which you have read a lot about and then see it in the flesh. It can... Continue Reading →
On the 29th of January I spent the whole afternoon, in a bird hide deep in Sherwood Forest. The experience was extremely relaxing. So much so I forgot all about the busy world as I tried to spot as many avian species as possible. Patience paid off and the experience delivered a great variety... Continue Reading →
Since getting my new camera lens which is 55-200mm for Christmas it has greatly enhanced the photographs that have been able to take of avian life. As I can now be a good distance away from birds without disturbing them and I have learnt thus far that in the town of Shrewsbury there is a... Continue Reading →
For the first vlog for, ‘The Unconventional Naturalist’, I wanted to introduce myself and to share how I first became passionate about natural history and what my plans and hopes for this blog over this next year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM7mORoV06I&t=21s
After months of build-up the United States finally made its choice. Donald Trump has made his thoughts on the Paris climate agreement clear. So, what will the most powerful job in the world do now? We all wait with baited breath. However, president Obama has recently passed legislation which prevents the USA from drilling for... Continue Reading →
This year has been an interesting period for the natural world with climate change digging even deeper into the human consciousness. As the impact on the planet is becoming ever more prominent, with temperatures rising and sea ice shrinking in the Artic. Even more species being are finding their way onto the red list, the... Continue Reading →
On Saturday the 17th of September 2016 the Meres & Moss project, ran their annual fund raising event at The Mere in Ellesmere, called Merefest. This was the first time I had been to it and it was a great way to get people of all ages and abilities interested and involved with wildlife. From having a go at campfire cooking to looking at invertebrates under a microscope and pond dipping.
Image description: A giant wicker bee sculpture
There was also an array of local musicians and entertainers who performed on the stage as well as authors at the literary tent. At the event there were lots of different zones from the wildness zone to bushcraft to the twilight zone which was open from 5pm. This is a great occasion for the whole family as there is really something for everyone.
Image Description: Fizzgigs local performer with their giant puppet of a man
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