Carna – Day Four

Species seen: Barn Owl – Tyto alba Bladder-wrack – Fucus vesiculosus Butterfish – Pholis gunnellus Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs Common Blenny – Lipophrys pholis Common Hermit crab – Pagurus bernhardus Common Pipistrelle – Pipistrellus pipistrellus Common Sandpiper – Actitis hypoleucos Common Tern – Sterna hirundo Eurasian Otter – Lutra lutra Eurasian Rock Pipit – Anthus […]

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Carna – Day Three

Species seen: Bog Myrtle – Myrica gale Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs Common Frog – Rana temporaria Common Porpoise – Phocoena phocoena Common Shag – Phalacrocorax aristotelis Common Tern – Sterna hirundo Common Wood Sorrel – Oxalis acetosella Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo Eurasian Otter – Lutra lutra Green-Veined Butterfly – Pieris napi Grey Heron – Ardea […]

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Carna – Day Two

Species seen: Buzzard – Buteo buteo Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs Common Sandpiper – Actitis hypoleucos Common Seal – Phoca vitulina Common Tern – Sterna hirundo Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo Cuckoo – Cuculus canorus Drinker Moth caterpillar – Euthrix potatoria Eurasian Otter – Lutra lutra Eurasian Rock Pipit – Anthus petrosus Great Black-Backed Gull – Larus […]

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Carna – Day One

Species seen (heard): Barn Owl – Tyto alba Common Frog – Rana temporaria Common Tern – Sterna hirundo Eurasian Otter – Lutra lutra Hooded Crow – Corvus cornix Lesser Redpoll – Acanthis cabaret Red-Breasted Merganser – Mergus serrator (Cuckoo – Cuculus canorus) (Snipe – Gallinago gallinago) (Tawny Owl – Strix aluco) From May 21st to 26th, I joined four other Wildlife Media students for […]

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Cleaning The Whale

I’ve been volunteering at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, for a few weeks now. My role involves documenting the prehistoric specimens in the stock room, including their age and locality. Eventually, I’ll be photographing the specimens and logging each one onto a database. My work has now been put on hold for a few weeks, having […]

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Identification Key Assignment

For OMED4050 Interpreting the Natural World for Media, I was given the task of designing a foldout identification key for a species. I chose finches because birds give my life meaning and anyone who knows me well understands my unconditional love for anything with feathers.

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Weekend Seal Hunt

On Saturday, two of my friends from first year and I met up with some second and third year Wildlife Media students to visit South Walney Nature Reserve in Barrow-in-Furness. The plan was to find seals. Deep down, we suspected the mission might be fruitless, but we wildlife students are nothing if not determined. The […]

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Experiencing Drumburgh Moss

The word ‘Friday’ springs to mind many different things: summoning the willpower to get through one more work day, making plans for the weekend, working out how best to spend your wages. What isn’t immediately apparent is a trip to a lowland raised peat bog. I spent Friday morning wading ankle deep through mud that threatened to rob […]

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Stolen DNA

Last night I settled down to read the next issue of BBC Wildlife magazine, which arrived yesterday. Only eighteen pages in and I’ve already read something bamboozling: several species of seaslug can photosynthesise. Looking at a seaslug such as this one, you’d think it simply swallowed a giant leaf. However, it may well have just […]

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