BUGS, CONSERVATION, FLORA, GRASSLAND, WILDLIFE

An orchid that looks like a bee!

The Bee Orchid's awesome mimicry has evolved through natural selection. Flowers which looked more like a bee, would have been pollinated more often. These plants therefore produced more seeds and so passed on their 'bee-like' genes to each successive generation!

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...

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?

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...

BIRDING, CONSERVATION, GRASSLAND, 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...