Wildlife and Words

Why Brambles are brilliant

Bramble, briar, thorn-bush, blackberry, Rubus fruticosus; all names for a widespread and vigorous plant with arching stems coated in needle-sharp thorns whose success as a species has brought it into regular conflict with gardeners and conservationists alike. This is a... Continue Reading →

A day-trip to Minsmere

Minsmere is a large RSPB reserve on the Suffolk coast, made famous when Springwatch was based there for three years. This is a site that I have visited before on several occasions and although it can be very busy, it is undoubtedly... Continue Reading →

Review: The Butterflies of Sussex

'The Butterflies of Sussex' was published in late April of this year and was written by Michael Blencowe and Neil Hulme. It is an atlas based on an intensive five year survey of all Sussex butterfly species that was undertaken... Continue Reading →

Wildlife Walk to Wolstonbury

Wolstonbury Hill is a prominent feature along the eastern escarpment of the South Downs National Park, at its peak there are the mounds and ditches which are all that is left of an ancient hill-fort. It lies not far south... Continue Reading →

B.W.J. – Heathland birds

When it comes to heathlands, bird-wise, they do not support a great diversity or great numbers of birds, instead their attraction lies in the quality of the species that make their home in this rare habitat. The best birds to... Continue Reading →

On the subject of birdsong

It's now May, the peak breeding time for birds (and many other animals) in Britain, this means it is also the best time of year for listening to birdsong. With the majority of the summer migrants now arrived and setting... Continue Reading →

My Spanish birding extravaganza

Last week my good friend John and I enjoyed a birding trip to Cadiz province in Andalucia; during the seven days we were there we managed to see a total of 157 different bird species - 30 of which were... Continue Reading →

What if species didn’t have names?

Every scientifically described organism on planet Earth has a name, many have several, whether it be a binomial Latin name or a common name, everything has a label. Names are great, with a name we can say just a word... Continue Reading →

The homogenizing of nature

Homogenization means to make something 'uniform or similar', it is a concept with connotations of blandness and repetitiveness. It could easily be applied to Britain's high-streets, which are increasingly becoming rows of identical big-name franchises - every town in the... Continue Reading →

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