News Articles

 

Sitting tight

We have just completed our first nest box inspection in the wood and there is a substantial % occupancy  this year - mostly Blue and Great Tits but two Wrens, one Coal Tit and four boxes with Pied...
16/05/2020

The hills are alive...

Raptor monitoring work is the perfect opportunity to socially isolate, not a human to be seen all day. However, it was great to come across good numbers of Cuckoos all voicing their presence....
09/05/2020

In from Africa

A walk in our wood today produced plenty of springtime action, including one of the quintessential sounds of hilly woodland on the Welsh border - the shivering trill of the Wood Warbler. When they...
02/05/2020

Blackcaps lead the chorus

There are inevitable compensations to the current situation. For the first time in many years we are able to keep a daily log of what is happening around our patch and in the last few weeks, bird...
23/04/2020

Who needs nest-boxes?

One of the unexpected bonuses of the current situation is the daily check of the wood where we have fifty nest-boxes - high quality design made by good friend and regular Wild Insights travelling...
17/04/2020

Master builder adds the soft furnishings

One of the most ingenious and extraordinary nest-builders has to be the Long-tailed Tit. We have been watching a pair in the garden as they have painstakingly collected pieces of lichen, interwoven...
14/04/2020

Wild Insects

While all the prevailing news remains depressing, wildlife continues to operate, oblivious to the events which are affecting so many people's lives. The lanes are alive with flowers and...
08/04/2020

Spring arrives

In the midst of all this depressing news I watched this Song Thrush staking out his territory this morning, oblivious to it all and reminding us that good things are happening at this great time of...
28/03/2020

Managing the disruption

Well everyone, I guess I am going to be spending more time up here looking after the breeding birds. It looks fairly low-risk to It is impossible to think of one person in the country...
18/03/2020

John Brodie Good

Like ourselves, many will have been shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death, in October this year, of our friend John Brodie Good, Managing Director of WildWings. Prior to moving...
20/12/2019

Getting to Grips with Raptors - Workshops 2020

Both 2020 workshops are now full but if you are interested please let me know as I can then plan in another date.
16/11/2019

Getting to Grips with Raptors - Workshop

I have just announced a second date for next year's raptor identification workshop. The first date 9 - 13 March is now full and I am starting to fill places on the second date 23 - 27 March....
15/09/2019

Raptor identification feature in Birdwatching Magazine

Have a look in the current (Autumn) issue of Birdwatching Magazine and I have a feature on raptor identification, the emphasis being on the criteria which should be considered when sorting...
06/09/2019

New online FSC Wader Identification Key

I have recently been helping good friend Steve Docker with a new online, multi-access key to Wader Identification available free of charge from the FSC. All credit to Steve who...
31/08/2019

New 2020 calendar

The new 2020 Wild Insights calendar was sent out in early August so if you are on our mailing list we hope it arrived! If not please let us know. If you are not on our mailing list and would...
21/08/2019

New Wild Insights Calendar - 2019

The ever-popular Wild Insights calendar setting out 2019 and 2020 should now have been received by everyone on our mailing list and we hope there are events within on which you might like to...
02/09/2018

New Wild Insights Calendar - 2018

The new 2017 Wild Insights calendar was sent out in August last year, highlighting all our activities for 2018 and providing a first look at 2019. It also works nicely as a calendar! Everyone on our...
15/08/2017

The extraordinary Florida Scrub-jay!

It was simply too surreal for words. Arriving at a prime habitat where this beautiful endemic species, the Florida Scrub-jay occurs, little did I think my efforts to see it would be so minimal....
24/12/2014

Raptors Galore in Andalucia

We have recently returned from a fabulous week in Andalucia which is the gateway to Africa for migratory birds, many of them using the winds and thermals as assistance on their journey. Persistent...
25/09/2014

Elephant Antics in Namibia

Our time in Namibia this year was every bit as fascinating as ever and it seemed that Elephants had been primed to put of the best-ever show with the most incredible antics at the Etosha waterholes....
12/08/2014

New Wild Insights website

At long last, here is the new-look Wild Insights website which we hope you will like. It provides a lot more information than the last website and is much easier to maintain, resulting in more regular...
23/07/2014

New 2015 Wild Insights calendar

We are delighted to confirm that the new 2015 Wild Insights calendar, (the 12th to date) was posted to those on our mailing list on 21st July. Following the traditional format this gives a summarized...
23/07/2014