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, 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

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?

GRASSLAND, HEATHLAND, WILDLIFE, WOODLAND

Arne’s best kept secret – the majestic White Hart!

Arne is a nature reserve on the edge of Poole harbour in Dorset, which boasts a biodiverse mix of heath, mudflats and ancient oak woodland. This makes it a fantastic location for exploring, spotting wildlife and whiling away the time; and if you’re lucky enough, you may just stumble upon a creature of legend...

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... 

BUGS, CONSERVATION, GRASSLAND, WILDLIFE

Where do Bloody-nosed beetles get their name?

Bloody-nosed beetles are large black leaf beetles, with rounded bodies and long legs. They are flightless, so often spotted wandering about the countryside in their characteristic slow, what can only be described as a 'plod'.  But what's in the name?

BUTTERFLIES, CONSERVATION, HIGHLANDS, WILDLIFE

My search to see a Chequered Skipper!

This week I've been very fortunate to be staying up in Scotland on Loch Arkaig, and I've managed to time it almost perfectly with the emergence of the Chequered Skippers. This is nationally a pretty rare species of butterfly and I was very lucky to spot one briefly! Take a look...