This week (20th – 26th June) is National Insect Week, a chance to celebrate and discover more about these amazing 6-legged creatures. This week is organised by the Royal Entomological Society every two years with the aim to “encourage people of all ages to learn more about insects“. An aim that I can thoroughly support!
I’ve never had to do a book review before, so it was great to get this chance. I am not going to say too much about the story – Beetle Boy (by M.G.Leonard), as I don’t want to give anything away as there are lots of twists and turns to enjoy.
Well I’ve written up the various instalments of my post on the BTO bird camp at the weekend on my blog (yearofnature.blogspot.com). What an amazing weekend! What was so special about it? First of all the nature of course. I saw so many species, quite a few I’d never seen before but quite a lot that I only see when I go on holiday to Norfolk.
I have to admit that when AFON said they were looking for someone to review a book called “Death on Earth“, my immediate thought was; no way, that sounds depressing… Then I used a well known search engine to find the excellent synopsis and from that moment I was gripped!
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.