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Diary Of A Wildlife Artist – A Bounty For Blackbirds And Others

In between my first large solo show for a couple of years, in late November whilst leading of group of enthusiastic painters, i came across a line of Crab Apple trees, that were a blaze of fiery orange fruit. As i sat nearby,  populations of  Blackbirds in took in turns to bound in and feed, some feeding from hanging fruit, some stripping smaller apples clean off before heading into the ...
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Birding In Shetland – A rarity finding round up of 2012

From a birding perspective there is a magical air of aspiration and eager anticipation that fuels my optimism throughout the year. Arguably there is nowhere better in the British Isles for finding your own rarities, which can happen at any time of year and often under any circumstance. It may well be a pre-empted effort searching for a particular species in a particular habitat at a particular time of year ...
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A Badger Called ‘Hope’

Meet 'Hope', a very young badger being cared for by Pauline Kidner and the staff at the Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in Somerset. Hope is the subject of the latest project from one of our most active Whisperers Michael Leigh-Mallory. Mike (of Mike's Badger Cam) has an obvious love of wildlife and badgers in particular, especially as he is lucky enough to have a very active badger sett almost ...
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A New Visitor To The Garden?

I live on the very outskirts of Ipswich in Suffolk and am lucky enough to get quite a varied mix of wildlife visiting the garden. We often see foxes on the live cams and evidence of their visit (tracks/droppings etc) but never any other large wild mammals, until today that is! Whilst having my daily wander around the garden I noticed some pretty fresh looking tracks. Each print consisting of ...
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National Nest Box Week

National Nest Box Week takes place each year from 14-21 February, and after 10 years it is now an established part of the ornithological calendar. National Nest Box Week aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife. Whether you’re a family with space for a box in your garden, a ...
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Festival Of Birds At WWT Slimbridge

On Saturday the 4th of February Simon and I set out in sub zero temperatures to visit the Festival of Birds at Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge. The reason for our trip was to open the newly refurbished hide and otter holt kindly sponsored by Zeiss. The Trust was founded by the late Sir Peter Scott in 1946, and has become famous for its spectacular array of wildfowl including ...
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