Wildlife in April

Dash out in between the drip, drip, drop, little April showers and see the wildlife detailed in my short videos below:

(2012)

(2011)

Thanks for visiting 🙂 x

Canned Hilbre

⬆️ The video mentioned in the blog-post ⬇️

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Joined up with midlands naturalist Adam L. Canning for a trip over to Hilbre Island, Cheshire yesterday for a winter fix of waders and sea ducks. A total of 7hrs was spent on the island with Adam, resulting in a number of notable species: Purple Sandpiper, Common Scoter, Rock Pipit, Brent Goose (ssp. hota), Common Eider and an unseasonable Northern Gannet to name but a few.

The perfect lighting gave way for some ample photographic opportunities of the wintering Purple Sandpipers on the island, I’ve uploaded several onto the blog. Hopefully you’ll be able to make out the purple iridescence which gives them their name.

Purple Sandpiper_edited-1 Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

Purple Sandpiper 1_edited-1 Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

Purple Sandpiper 3_edited-1 Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

Purple Sandpiper 4_edited-1 Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

Purple Sand_edited-1 Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

Other bits and bobs…

Common Scoter_edited-1 Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra)

Eider on Hilbre_edited-1 Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)

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Wildlife in December

Out of the videos I have made, these three videos are definitely some of my ‘favourites’, as I love Water Rails, Whooper Swans and enjoy feeding the birds, and playingaround in the kitchen.  😀

We were pretty much Frozen Britain recently, certainly in the West Midlands…

Packed full of fun facts (2011):

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Wildlife in September and October

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Below are some videos from my past, showcasing nature to be seen in September and in October. 💚  I am actually quite pleased with my voice-over work from-back-in 2011!  You might be happy to know, it is a skill which I’ve now honed.  😉

September (2011) 

October (2011) 

Apologies for the inaccuracies in the Fungi video; pronunciation of hallucinogenic and apparently you can eat  Amethyst Deceivers – but it is better to be safe than sorry!  (No matter how good a recipe sounds!)  😆

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Wildlife in June

As I mentioned in my last blog post – a few years ago I made a series of short videos which were featured on the Reader’s Digest Magazine website, entitled Wildlife Monthly.  

Each video is around a minute or more, detailing flora and fauna (mainly fauna) for you to look out for; below I have included one video from my June 2012 edition and three from my 2011 June edition – each with a coastal theme.

2011

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Day 3 – 30 Days Wild

Nature Highlights at Minsmere

03/06/16

Hello 😊

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For day three, I caught up on Springwatch and UNSPRUNG episodes that I’ve missed, plus I’ve put together a short video of my highlights at RSPB Minsmere (below) featuring:  

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Otter
  • Nightingale (Song)
  • Chaffinches
  • Sand Martins
  • Stone-Curlew
  • Barnacle Goose
  • Avocet
  • Redshank
  • Black-Headed Gull Chicks

Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting. 👍🏻

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Day 2 – 30 Days Wild

“Explore somewhere wild” 

02/06/16

I travelled near enough 4 hours from the West Midlands to Suffolk, so I could visit RSPB Minsmere, and also be in the BBC Springwatch Unsprung audience!  Some of you will know, it’s a reserve right on the East Coast of England!  And is a host to a variety of habits, wildlife and of course, BBC Springwatch!  😃  I came over on the Wednesday night and stayed in near by Leiston, at the  Field End Guest House.TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_02

I often wax-lyrical (to friends and family) about reserves that have a variety of habitats, I absolutely love them, because they are so enriching to explore and will be home to many different species of wildlife, which is fantastic to observe and have encounters with.

RSPB Minsmere certainly deserves it’s national recognition!  I will definitely be visiting again in the near future!  I arrived on the reserve at 10.30AM.

 

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I was very happy to be there!

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I love a good Log Pile and what an amazing extensive one this is!
Top Nature of the Day:

 

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That’s the Bittern Hide in the distance

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Observing the Stone-Curlew (in the distance)

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Sand Martin colony

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Sea Thrift
At 5.00PM it was time to load the car up and get ready for Springwatch UNSPRUNG!

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Cueing up for Unsprung with Gary

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Waiting to be let into the Studio! 

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To see me on UNSPRUNG click here!
 

Thanks for reading. 😄

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Wildlife Monthly: ARG Record Pool

This month I’ve decided to focus on some wildlife that takes a backseat, and is often overlooked – Reptiles and Amphibians!  🐍 🐸

ARG UK have teamed up with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation; to bring us a Record Pool of our water loving and sun loving friends!  In the video below I interview Underwater Cameraman, Jack Perks – to give us some tips and the lowdown on this nationwide survey.

To get involved with the survey; click here.  💻

Get spotting!

Thanks. 😃

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The Last of #30DaysWild in The Lakes!

This is a well overdue blog post…

If you saw my last entry in June, then you know I spent a week in the amazing Lake District!  This post is for the last 4 days of 30 Days Wild/June.  For those who don’t know – I stayed in a place called Little Langdale with 4 of my friends, who are some of the best people and I’m truly thankful for knowing them 😀  I’m sharing with you iPhone pictures of my wild-and-natural highlights.

Day 27

We looked and ambled around one of our nearest towns, Ambleside – before heading to our home for the week!  It had all the shops we would need 🙂

A part of Ambleside's recreational ground.
A lovely view from Ambleside’s recreation ground. Atmospheric clouds!

I saw my first ever Dipper just down there! On Day 27 of 30 Days Wild! :D
A few minutes before I took this photo, I saw my first ever Dipper down there! 😀 This is the River Rothay.

Of course we visited The Bridge House - National Trust.
Of course we visited the Bridge House – National Trust.

We had to walk up a pathway to get to our Little Langdale cottage, we had our very own tarn and everything! 😀

It was just our wee garden & a field that separated us from Little Langdale Tarn <3
Taken a little way down the pathway, but it was just our wee garden & a field that separated us from Little Langdale Tarn (the lake) ❤

Our cottage! High Hallgarth! <3
Mary, Scott, Nick, Charlotte & our cottage, High Hallgarth! ❤

The view from my bedroom window for the week.
The view from my bedroom window for the week ❤

Taken from our garden area, we were surrounded by hills and mountains.
Taken from our garden area, we were surrounded by hills & mountains.

Day 28

We awoke to a downpour…  Despite the rain we decided to explore and visit our tarn first! 🙂  Later we found out tarn meant something completely different to our friend Mary (the redheaded lass), in Barnsley it means town! 😛

We awoke to rain. Even in a down poor it is fantastic!
Even with unpleasant weather, it is fantastic!  I loved seeing our Tarn each day!

On the way over to our very local lake, we came across a variety of nature.  My friend Scott (the blonde chap) is excellent at spotting small members of the animal kingdom, and allowing me time to document his finds! 🙂

Chimney Sweeper (Moth)
Chimney Sweeper (Moth)

There's only one Orchid in this picture, but everywhere we went, we saw one or fields/meadows brimming with them!
There’s only one Orchid in this picture, but they were everywhere we went, with some fields/meadows brimming with them!  Like the field we passed through on our way to the tarn.

We didn’t quite expect to find our selves in boggy conditions, and couldn’t make it down to the Little Langdale Tarn!  So we decided to change course, move away from the tarn and get our exploration of Little Langdale underway!

We passed through this small pine wood.
We passed through this wood. Charlotte & Scott leading the way 🙂

We were getting closer to a known part of Little Langdale, Slater’s Bridge!  Which relatively, is a short walk from High Hallgarth.

A Common Toad :)
A Common Toad – which was on the path just before the bridge! 🙂

We passed over Slater’s Bridge.

We've passed over Slater Bridge now, this picture is taken looking back at the bridge.
Taken looking back at Slater’s Bridge.

High Hallgarth is the small white spec above the cottage you can make out.
High Hallgarth is the small white spec above the cottage you can just make out.

One could Lichen this to a map ;)
One could Lichen this to a map 😉

We’ve walked a fair distance now 🙂

Taken more or less on the other side of Little Langdale Tarn.
Taken more or less on the other side of Little Langdale Tarn.

Day 29

We’ve walked over Slater’s Bridge again, for another walk! 🙂

Common Bistort
Common Bistort – one of my favourite pictures.

Look what we came across…

We came across a cute wee family!
A cute wee family!

They’re not Cumberland Fell Ponies, but they’ll do 😉

That's it, don't be shy lil' foalie! :)
That’s it don’t be shy lil’ foalie!  …Hey, is that a Fell Pony to the top left? 😉

First stop, Elterwater!

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The view from Elterwater Bridge

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Looking down!

Quite a nice bridge... I'm going to go under it! :)
Quite a nice bridge… I’m going to go under it! 🙂

Under-a-bridge-Selfie!
Under-a-bridge-Selfie!

A bit of the view from the other side.
A bit of the view from the other side.

We’re some way away from Elterwater now, within Great Landgale.  I came across something I knew would interest the others 😉

Ermine Moth Larvae!
Ermine Moth Larvae!

Almost an entire hedgerow was covered. I've seen similar in Frankley :)
Almost an entire hedgerow was covered.  I’ve seen similar in Frankley 🙂

Cocoons!
Cocoons!

Ahaha! I believe they're waiting for me :P ...What a great view ;)
Ahaha! I believe they’re waiting for me 😛  …What a great view 😉

We eventually passed by these hills and later came across a little stream, that I sadly have no pictures of… But below is what Scott found! 😀

A Newt :)
A Newt 🙂

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I’m holding Caddisfly Larva! Or it’s casing at least…

Later on – on our way back, getting closer to Little Langdale – Scott finds something rather special!

Sundew! A British carnivorous plant! :D
Sundew! British carnivorous flora! 😀

Day 30!

The last day of 30 Days Wild!  We went on a Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour!  My highlights/things I managed to take pictures of:

The tour bus! Kindly modelled by Nick :)
The tour bus!  Kindly modelled by Nick 🙂  Behind Nick is Chris, our jovial Mancunian tour guide and his assistant for the day, Tess. (By the way, that’s not a ghost in the window, that’s a patiently waiting Charlotte) 😉

Beatrix Potter lived down there!
I believe down there is Yew Tree Farm, formerly owned by the brilliant Beatrix Potter!

That's Brothers Water in the distance.
Brothers Water is down there in the distance.

The weather was lovely at Ullswater!
The weather was lovely at Ullswater!

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Ullswater is a great place to go boating.

Derwentwater and the Catbells :)
Derwentwater and the Catbells 🙂

A cruise is part of the tour! 😀

It felt like I was in a scene of film, Jurassic Park for example ;)
It felt almost as if I was in a scene of a film, Jurassic Park for example 😉

Derwentwater is near Keswick.  It was funny feeling like I was in a film and then disembarking to a recently arrived Film Crew!  They were setting up for a remake of Swallows and Amazons, I hear it’s a BBC Films production.

After lunch we went to see a Surprise View 😉

Looking down at Derwentwater (far right)
Looking down at Derwentwater from this spot is called Surprise View!

(Far left) Looking down at Derwentwater.
More of Derwentwater from above.

Ashness Bridge, one of Britain's most photographed bridges :)
Ashness Bridge, one of Britain’s most photographed bridges, just down from Surprise View 🙂

Honister Pass
Honister Pass

Nick admiring the view :)
Nick in awe of Honister Pass 🙂

Buttermere.
Buttermere

And…  that’s all folks!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog 🙂

Day 25 (YD) & Day 26 – 30 Days Wild

Day 25 

I’m going to the Lake District on Saturday (Day 27) for a week.  I shall be staying in a National Trust Cottage in Little Longdale near Coniston 🙂  So I made sure I was all organised for my trip to Cumbria!  I’m pleased I will be spending the last few days of 30 Days Wild in a stunning part of the UK!

All packed for my trip to The Lakes!
 

Day 26 – “Save a life”

I’ve allowed what I believe to be a Thistle (and a wee Doc plant) grow in my plant pot; which also contains a baby Pineapple plant (the original inhabitant) on my windowsill at my house-share.  I shall consider this as saving a life 😉  

 Thanks 🙂