Conservation, Highlands, 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, 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?

Birdwatching, Conservation, Grasslands, Wildlife, Woodland

The menacing laugh of a Green Woodpecker!

Woodpeckers are fascinating birds, well renowned for their tree drilling capabilities, but the Green Woodpecker is a bit of an oddball here in the UK. More often spotted on the ground or swooping low across open grassland, I managed to film one on a tree at Durlston Country Park in Dorset...

Conservation, Grasslands, Reptiles, Wildlife

The UK’s only VENOMOUS snake!

Adder's have a bit of a dangerous reputation, but are they really out to kill us? Of course not, but they do take one of the top spots for deadliest animals in the UK. Unfortunately seeing one is a rare opportunity, as they're such shy creatures, but luckily I know the perfect spot to find them. Check out the video below to learn more...

Conservation, Wildlife, Woodland

Goldeneye – a lichen to look out for!

Lichens are fantastic organisms that can tell us a lot about the environment in which they are found - or even where they are not! The Goldeneye lichen hasn't been found in Britain for about a century. Over the last few years it has began to re-colonise here, having been found at various locations along the south coast. Why has it come back?

Bugs, Conservation, Grasslands, Wildlife

Introducing… the UK’s largest insect!

Aptly named the Great Green Bush Cricket - who else was it going to be? I spent all summer searching in their rough grassland habitat, only to spot this one crossing the road in front of me! Mind you with those legs, it can't be hard to stay one 'step' ahead...

Conservation, Heathland, Reptiles, Wildlife

Feeding little Sand Lizard hatchlings!

The UK has six native species of reptiles, two of which are extremely rare - the Smooth snake and the Sand lizard. These heathland inhabitants have had homes increasingly restricted and fragmented, resulting in their strict protection under UK and European Law. So when Avon Heath set up their Sand Lizard nursery, I jumped at the opportunity to see the hatchlings up close... 

Butterflies, Conservation, Grasslands, Wildlife

Where to see the elusive Lulworth Skipper!

Not only is the Lulworth Skipper almost the smallest of Britain's 59 butterfly species, it can also only be found on 10-15 mile stretch of Dorset coast, in the entireity of the UK. This sets quite the precedent for the challenge to spot one! Luckily I know just the place to find them...