30 Days Wild – Days 11 to 14: Read for Wildlife

With a busy week (and weekend) ahead I thought I would start to struggle a bit to keep up the random acts of wildness but, if anything, I’ve proved to myself that I only need a few minutes each day to reconnect with wildlife in some way. Although, maybe, that’s part of the beauty of doing […]

30 Days Wild: Day 10 – Sydenham Hill Wood

On the first and third Sundays of the month, The London Wildlife Trust hold volunteer workdays at Sydenham Hill Wood.  I’ve volunteered with the wildlife trust for around 2 years now and try to go to these workdays as often as I can!  It just so happens, that Day 10 of 30 days wild falls […]

30 Days Wild – Days 8 to 9: Exploring London

1 week down and the 30 days wild challenge continues with some exploration of South East London (and a bit of Colchester) Day 8 Once a week I borrow a dog. Her name is Piper. Today we walked along a section of the Thames path between Surrey Quays and Deptford. I love walking the Thames path, […]

30 Day Wild – Days 4 to 7: Travel and Terrariums

My holiday may have come to an end but The 30 Days Wild challenge carries on… Day 4 Traveling back to London via Eurostar today and I didn’t expect to be outside a lot, so I donned my sunflower skirt in the morning in keeping with the ‘wild’ theme! I find that little things like flowers […]

30 Days Wild – A Beginning in Belgium

June 1st is my birthday and, coincidentally, also marks the star of the Wildlife Trust’s 30 days wild campaign. The concept of the campaign is simple. Challenge yourself to do something wild (nature-wise, not teenage rebellion style) every day for 30 days. Sounds simple right? Well, when you live and work in the heart of […]

Happy World Turtle Day !

Today (May 23rd) is World Turtle Day! World Turtle Day was established in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, and aims to increase public interest and knowledge of turtles and tortoises. So, in the spirit of ‘shellebration’ here’s a quick look at each of the 7 species of marine turtle. **Click on each species’ name to […]

Let’s Talk About: Cetacean Strandings

The recent mass cetacean stranding in the Florida Everglades has drawn a lot of attention, from the media and public alike, however this isn’t the first time a mass stranding of this particular species (False Killer Whale, Pseudorca crassidens) has occured (Kommetjie, 2009; Hamlin Bay, 2005).  It’s not even the first cetacean stranding this year (25 dolphins […]

Autumn: Foraging for Fungi

It’s that time of year again, the temperature is dropping, leaves are changing and it’s becoming quite clear that the warmth of Summer has gone and Autumn has arrived (albeit slowly this year it seems). The change in the woodland scenery is quite apparent, from the colourful flowers and butterflies of the summer to the […]

The Big Butterfly Count 2016

Now in its 6th year running, If you haven’t heard of the Big Butterfly Count, it’s exactly as it sounds – a large scale butterfly count! The aim is to encourage people around the country to count butterflies in their local area over July and August and submit the results. The end results (total numbers) […]

An Interview With Jules Howard

Jules Howard is a writer for both The Guardian and BBC Wildlife Magazine, and has also published two books to date focusing on the natural world. Both books, ‘Sex on Earth: A Celebration of Animal Reproduction‘ and ‘Death on Earth: Adventures in Evolution and Mortality’, take an interesting view of the natural world and focus on […]