Avian Meditation

I’ve never been able to meditate. I’ve tried it before, frustrated and envious of those people who can sit still and completely disengage from the distractions around them. For a start, I can’t even sit up straight without getting uncomfortable. I know you can meditate lying down, but then I just fall asleep. If I […]

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The Beginnings of Winter

Before I’d even got to the hide there was a chirruping in the bushes and I turned to see a group of juvenile yellowhammers mobbing their parents, hopping between branches for attention. Three birds flew past overhead and I caught the triangular shape of starling wings as they soared over me. The lake was quiet […]

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Sunset Sunday (on Tuesday)

Yesterday my lovely boyfriend cooked me sausages and the most incredible fried bread for breakfast because the horrid lurgy that had been lingering menacingly had finally reared its ugly head. For the majority of the day we watched Sherlock and ate the cake we were up until 2am making the previous night, while I wheezed […]

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Urban Nature

Last Wednesday, I caught the train to Hammersmith to meet up with Zahrah and embark on another of our wildlife excursions. Today we visited the London Wetland Centre, something I’d heard lots of good things about but never been. Upon arrival we were greeted by a lovely volunteer who explained the site map to us. […]

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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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Last of the Lakes

My friend George was just about to graduate from Wildlife Media, and during his time at university he wanted to visit all the lakes in the Lake District. Technically, only Bassenthwaite is considered a true lake, while all the others are classed as waters, meres and tarns. Still, we set technicalities aside. The last on […]

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Field trip to Derwentwater

As part of the module ‘Interpreting the Natural World for Media’, we visited Derwentwater, a beautiful body of water in the Lake District. Our assignment involves writing a report about the site, the geomorphology of how it was formed and the impact humans have had on its development. It was such a serene location. Unfortunately […]

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When You’re Messing About By The River

Today we visited Broad Colney Lakes Nature Reserve, Hertfordshire. I’m always scouring the net looking for somewhere I can go with both my camera and my dog, and this little corner of wildlife paradise permitted both. I wasn’t expecting to see any otters like the website advertised – maybe another time – but I still […]

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At the Water’s Edge

After forcing myself to revise Biology for most of my Sunday, I drove to Verulamium Lake, St Albans to capture the evening sun in the water. I’ve been here so many times as a child, clutching ice creams or settling down with a picnic. It’s a real tourist magnet, with a stunning view of the […]

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