Wildflowers in the 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! This workday started with a wildflower ID training session. Now, I will be […]

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

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 […]

Happy Birthday Sir David Attenbrough!

He has been the voice for hundred’s of nature documentaries, seen sights that so many of us only dream of seeing and been the inspiration for budding conservationists around the world. Of course, I am speaking of Sir David Attenbrough. I had the pleasure of sitting in on one of his talks a couple of […]

Hedgehog Awareness Week

My blog has been quiet recently for various reasons, but I am starting back up again with regular posts and what better way to start again, than with hedgehog awareness week. Last year, a poll released in the BBC wildlife magazine found hedgehogs to be Britain’s favourite species, a wildlife emblem for our country if […]

Wildlife at Christmas

It’s that time of year again, the days are getting colder, hedgehogs and bats are hibernating and many birds have migrated to warmer climates. However for the animals that remain, the festive period can be remarkably difficult. Shelter is hard to find, food is scarce and the recent floods in parts of the country have made […]

Worlds Most Endangered Primates

At the end of November, the most recent report detailing the world’s 25 most endangered primates was released.  The report is a joint compilation by the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (SSC) ; Bristol Zoological Society; the International Primatological Society (IPS) and Conservation International (CI).  Updated every two years, it makes sobering […]