Micrarium

Recently I was accepted onto the Travel and Nature Writing MA at Bath Spa University, which I’ll be starting later this month. In preparation for this exciting new challenge, I signed up for a travel writing workshop run by Peter Carty, who regularly writes for publications such as The Guardian. Although my focus will definitely […]

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A Biotope Weekend

Friday The trains to Glasgow and Largs and the ferry to the Isle of Cumbrae were all fine. It was when I boarded the bus to the Millport Field Centre that it dawned on me: what on earth had I let myself in for?! I’d booked onto a weekend course run by the Field Studies […]

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Winter Migrations

During this time of year, many birds have migrated for the winter. Some, like Partridges, don’t stray more than a kilometre from where they were born, but most birds – at least 4000 species – will migrate to seek new pastures that will see them through the colder months. There are several different types of […]

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Camouflage in Psittacosaurus

It’s always a delight when I stumble across a dinosaur story in the news. These genuine legends will be part of modern society forever, I’m convinced of it. Yesterday I read a story of Psittacosaurus (“parrot-lizard”), a herbivorous creature that roamed forests in parts of China, Mongolia, Russia and potentially Thailand during the Early Cretaceous period, […]

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Heartwood Forest Summer Festival

After a week of stressful moving out of halls of residence, I am now settled at home for the summer. On Saturday I volunteered at the Heartwood Forest Summer Festival, an event held at a Woodland Trust site near where I live. We had fantastic weather all day and many hundreds of visitors – it […]

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Carna – Day Five

Species seen:   Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs Common Porpoise – Phocoena phocoena Common Seal – Phoca vitulina Common Shag – Phalacrocorax aristotelis Common Tern – Sterna hirundo Golden eagle – Aquila chrysaetos Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea Herring Gull – Larus argentatus Hooded Crow – Corvus cornix Lesser Redpoll – Acanthis cabaret Oystercatcher – Haematopus […]

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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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