FLORA, FORAGING, GRASSLAND, WILDLIFE, WOODLAND

Finding elderflowers and making cordial!

Who doesn't love the sweet refreshing taste of elderflower? Even better as an addition to glass of prosecco! Now it can be quite pricey to buy, but come June our  hedgerows are brimming with these flowers, and it could not be easier to make. So heres my quick 60 second Tree to Cordial guide!

CONSERVATION, MARINE, SEACLIFFS, WILD SWIMS, WILDLIFE

Lundy’s Puffins – a conservation success story!

As a kid I was obsessed with puffins. I grew up on the North Devon coast, with views across the bay to their home on Lundy Island, so these clown faced-penguins were a bit of a legend to me. Then one day when I was about 8 years old, I got the chance to visit the island, and loved every second. Though there was one problem... where were all the puffins? 

CONSERVATION, GRASSLAND, WILDLIFE, WOODLAND

Stoat or Weasel?

Mustelids are a group of carnivorous mammals, characterised by their long slender bodies, which enable them to hunt in the smallest of burrows! The UK in home to seven different mustelids including Badgers, Otters, Mink, Pine Martens, Polecats, and the smallest two; Stoats and Weasels...

CONSERVATION, COWS, FLORA, GRASSLAND, WILDLIFE

New calves and grassland conservation!

The spring brings new life, in all it's wonderful forms, and that includes our herd of Hereford cattle at Durlston Country Park! Herefords are an amazing friendly and docile breed of cattle, making them the perfect choice for a busy country park. But why are they needed in the first place?

BIRDING, CONSERVATION, GRASSLAND, HEATHLAND, WILDLIFE

Save our Skylarks!

A skylark is one of those birds that you're far more likely to hear before you see! This is not for their small size, or tendency to hide themselves amongst long grass, but instead for their beautiful song. On bright, sunny days from the early spring, these modest birds will fill the warm air with their continuous chorus, right through to the end of summer. This has made them one of the most quintessential sounds of the British countryside. Unfortunately skylark populations have been on the decline...

BEACHCOMBING, CONSERVATION, MARINE, PLASTIC, POLLUTION, SEASHORE

Great Dorset Beach Clean in Swanage

On Saturday 21st April, volunteers gathered on beaches across the county, equipped with bin bags and litter pickers for the Great Dorset Beach Clean, a campaign lead by Litter Free Coast and Sea. I organised the participation for my local beach in Swanage, which saw a brilliant turnout of 30 volunteers who came to join the event!

CONSERVATION, MARINE, SEACLIFFS, WILDLIFE

Dolphin watching at Durlston!

Seeing dolphins has to be one of the most special wildlife encounters that anyone can have in the UK. As a small island nation, wherever you live in the country you are no more than a 3 hour drive to the coast. And you don't even need to get on the water either! Recently I was lucky enough to film my local pod as they passed close to a headland on the southwest coast path...

CONSERVATION, HIGHLANDS, MOORLAND, WILDLIFE

The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd!

This week I've been up in the highlands, adventuring across mountains, glens and lochs to see all the fantastic wildlife which have made their home in this vast wilderness. Of-course a visit to the free-roaming Cairngorms reindeer herd is an absolute must-see for anyone exploring this part of highlands...

BEACHCOMBING, CONSERVATION, MARINE, PLASTIC, POLLUTION, SEASHORE

What are Nurdles?

Whilst some beaches are particularly prone to a plastic tide and others appear pristine, there is one thing that all beaches have in common - nurdles. These little plastic pellets are found all over the world, including remote islands otherwise completely untouched by humans. In the UK, Tregantle beach in Cornwall is one of the worst I've seen. Join me there in the video below, where I ask the question; what are nurdles?