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Food-passers

  The season is drawing to a close with young Hen Harriers now mostly fledged. The unremitting requirement for food has kept the adults busy for weeks, effectively providing the protein building...
10/08/2020

Farewell Robin

  ROBIN KHAN 1933 - 2020 After a short illness, we said goodbye to a man who has figured more prominently in my life than anyone could imagine. I met Robin Khan in 1971, then a leading...
01/07/2020

Skydancers busy

This time of year sees me spending endless hours following up the fortunes, and misfortunes of Hen Harriers, arguably one of the most elegant of all our raptor species. My first...
18/06/2020

Damsels before dragons

Typically, damselflies are active around our pond before the dragonflies emerge or arrive. One of the first and most numerous is the Large Red Damselfly. The second image shows one of the most...
05/06/2020

Voyage into the unknown

After the last two weeks of increasing claustrophobia, jam-packed in a dome of moss with 5 others (at least) and with a limited view from the corner woodwork of our garden room here is the result...
05/06/2020

Here comes lunch!

Wrens have chosen to nest in various places this year including a perfect space at the corner of our garden room. Clearly the brood is substantial and there is a corresponding amount of food going...
30/05/2020

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