As I stood in the middle of Poole Harbour at dusk, the ‘churring’ began. It was the second time in as many nights I had heard this magical, almost alien sound reverberating across the otherwise tranquil heathland. Perhaps I should explain that this habitat had not simply erupted from the sea bed; I was listening to these wonderful nightjars of Brownsea Island.
Recently I was lucky enough to take part in a press trip to the spectacular Spanish region of Extremadura – something made possible by the kind recommendation of David Lindo for which I am incredibly grateful. The following is an account of the trip; comprising a brief overview of some of our sightings. There is quite a bit missing – believe me I could go on (and on) – but this should give you a good idea of just what a fantastic venture it truly was.
Writing a book can seem a daunting task. Numerous questions will rush through your head and if you think too much about it you may put yourself off from making a start in the first place. When I began putting together what became Pushed to the Edge, my first book, when I was still at school, I didn’t intend for it to be published; far from it. It was a personal piece of research that I wanted to undertake for myself. I didn’t think for a moment that other people would read it, let alone pay for a copy of it. However, the journey took me down a line which meant that publishing my thoughts and findings became possible. This article explores the process I went through when writing my book and offers some thoughts to any aspiring author thinking about or already writing a book.
Scottish Ornithologists’ Club and Isle of May Bird Observatory invest in the future of wild bird conservation.
Aged 16 – 25 years, a keen birdwatcher and looking to improve your bird survey skills and techniques? If the thought of being parted from your hair straighteners /Playstation /the outside world for seven days doesn’t fill you with dread and you’re amenable/prepared to spend longer getting showered in bird poop than you are in hot water day-to-day, read on, this could be a fantastic opportunity for you!
Last Saturday I had a very enjoyable day at the Natural History Museum in London. The main reason for my visit wasn’t to peruse the displays, but instead to attend my first African Bird Club (ABC) AGM. After successfully navigating the underground and the massive queue that greeted us upon our arrival at the museum, we finally made it up to the Flett Events Theatre which is were the AGM was being held.
A familiar voice in a strange place can do wonders – each day when walking to or from my flat at Exeter’s Penryn campus a robin trills its waterfall song; cheering me even if I’ve had a packed day where I’ve had to run to every lecture. As a 24 year old fresher, starting university was a scary and exciting opportunity; the chance to live in Cornwall and get to know its wildlife is a reality that can still feel like a dream.
Island sanctuary bringing birds back from the brink – Oliver Simms
All we often hear about in conservation is one bad news story after another as more habitats are destroyed and more species go extinct. Today, however, I am going to do something different and talk about a real conservation success.
In late January, four AFON members travelled to Birmingham as contributors to one of the presentations during the National Moth Recorders Meeting, organised by the Moths Count Project of Butterfly Conservation. Ben Porter reflects on the day.
Now, before I start I am going to be honest and let you know that blogging is not something I do with much frequency or aptitude so bear with me! However, when I was asked to write a blog about the project I am working on and therefore one of the many awesome marine habitats we have here in the UK I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell you all about how amazing our marine life really is. So here it goes……
As one of the only AFON members who isn’t a qualified zoologist, I reached the conclusion long ago that a career in practical conservation probably isn’t for me. I can identify mammal turds and craft a tasty dead hedge, but when it’s hard enough for ecology graduates to find jobs in the field, what chance do I have?