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Burry Inlet Conservation Work

Over the past couple of years, the work being done to conserve wildlife on the Burry Inlet has increased dramatically. The Inlet itself is sandwiched between Carmarthenshire and West Glamorgan with each side now doing vital work. The majority of the work has been done via grants from wildlife organisations or through strategically funding these projects. WWT Llanelli has also played a great part on the Carmarthenshire side having altered a lot of the reserve to suit certain species of birds and mammals that are currently visiting the site. [Read More]

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Willow Spiling: A Natural Solution to Flooding

One cold November morning, a group of young Yorkshire Wildlife Trust volunteers found themselves crammed into a van on their way to begin work on a natural flood management project in Leeds. Our goal was to reinforce the banks of the river Aire through the process of willow spiling. [Read More]

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From Flushing to Mylor – A Diary.

It’s a warm November morning, two days after the new moon. The sun is burning through the clouds and I am feeling restless, so I walk.

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Want To Generate Support For Conservation? Let Kids Play Outside!

I can’t remember when I first fell in love with the outdoors. One of my most vivid memories from primary school is rummaging for insects under the hedge at the back of the school playing field during a science lesson when I was 8. An earwig ended up crawling into a classmate’s shoe while he tried to manoeuvre it into a jar, which caused great amusement. I remember wishing that every lesson was like this. [Read More]

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The Surrey Downs

The undergrowth crunches beneath my feet as I trek through the scrubland of the Surrey heath; the sun blazing down – a rare treat for an English summer. A basking adder appears, motionless at the foot of a gorse bush. The striking eyes piercing, almost threatening, defying me to make another step. I couldn’t help but marvel at the menacing beauty of the UK’s only poisonous snake. [Read More]

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Making a Home for Nature in a City

When I first moved to a city from extremely rural Cumbria in early 2016, I was dubious about what I’d be able to do to help nature in my new home. My parent’s home in Cumbria was a nature haven – smack bang in the north Pennines, I’d watch kestrels hunting from my bedroom window, we had a resident sparrowhawk that sat round the back of the house and would hurtle around it to catch the birds feasting on the feeders at the front. Of course the feeders were always busy, house and hedge sparrows, many tit species – including long tailed tits, ever faithfully appeared in groups, the occasional family of great spotted woodpeckers, starlings, blackbirds, song thrushes – suffice to say it was awash with wildlife. [Read More]

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Biological Recording

Biological recording has long been one of my favourite things to do: getting out and writing down what you see, and then sharing your observations with everyone. The value of recording is immense. Your data can be used by anyone, anywhere. People can use it to piece together details on locations, phenology, habitats and much more for a particular species.

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Acting for Red Squirrels

As a child growing up in semi-rural Northumberland, red squirrels were a figment of daily life. A prominent fixture of local nature reserves, nearby woodlands and, indeed, my very own garden, that brought me great joy during my youth. So much so, in fact, that I would not hesitate to list the russet rodents as one of the key instigators of my passion for the natural world. It is, after all, rather difficult to not depart elated after encountering a red squirrel: their vigorous courtship chases and endearing chattering are a true sight to behold.

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Conserving the High Brown Fritillary at Exmoor National Park

I think it’s safe to say that winter is most certainly here, and on these cooler, crisper, and increasingly shorter days, I look back fondly at the time I spent helping with local conservation efforts back in the middle of June. As part of my Gold DofE Residential, I chose to help out with butterfly habitat management at the expansive and diverse Holnicote Estate in Exmoor National Park, alongside the National Trust.

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Reinstating The Locals

“Surely that’s not one of ours?” I whispered disbelievingly to my colleague Jason Fathers, as we stood transfixed, gazing into a sky dashed with the first light of an August morning. We were rooted to the spot, watching as directly above us a gigantic white and brown bird soared and danced on the air, skilfully dodging the vicious dives of a closely pursuing peregrine falcon. It looked quite as though it had never known anything but life on the wing. [Read More]