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Capturing my imagination

Thursday, December 15, 2016

I like being connected to the news. Most days I listen on my way into work and on my way home, and am attentive to all of the analysis and opinions. However, my interest in this connection has waned. I can feel the anger in the world weighing me down, letting the negativity seep through my mind. The darkness from our surroundings compounds this effect and I feel a little depressed about what the future holds.  Read More

Citizen science – power to the people!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Citizen science is simply the involvement of volunteers in science. People of all ages and varying levels of expertise can participate and there is often no special knowledge or equipment necessary.  Read More

Winter planting tips and recommendations

Monday, October 31, 2016

Whilst the survey season is slowly coming to an end as wildlife begins to hibernate, the contracting season for Thomson Habitats continues, particularly for planting schemes.  Read More

It’s “Wild About Gardens” week!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

This year I reached the first rung on the housing ladder, buying a small garden flat in Cardiff. Having a garden was high on my tick list of necessities when looking for a property. As I am a country girl at heart, some outdoor space, however small, was essential.  Read More

Winter singing of blackcaps

Friday, October 21, 2016

In a recent (October 2016) edition of British Birds a letter was published discussing winter singing by blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) in Britain and Ireland (Greenwood, 2016). Blackcaps are relatively large warblers with beautiful and complex songs. These songs sometimes include mimicry of other species and there is much individual variation, and in fact an old dialect name for the species was northern nightingale.  Read More

Fire in the ice

Friday, October 14, 2016

Bill Doherty, one of the judging panel of the Thomson Ecology Photography Competition 2016, explains what he saw in the winning image, "Fire in the ice", taken by Alan Warriner. Read More

Badgers - the basics!

Friday, October 07, 2016

Forever immortalised within popular literature such as Wind in the Willows and The Animals of Farthing Wood, the badger (Meles meles) is a highly social mammal, and one of the largest members of the Mustelid family. In celebration of National Badger Day on the 6th October 2016 this article will provide a brief overview of the ecology of badgers and their legal protection.  Read More

Barn owl recommendations

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Like most wild birds, the barn owl is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (WCA) 1981, as amended. This makes it an offence to kill, injure or take a barn owl; take, damage or destroy the nest while that nest is in use or being built; and to take or destroy an egg.  Read More