Gear, How To

Have you done your backup today?

24 Apr , 2016  

Seagate HDD

Remember the days when photographs were paper, coated with a thin layer of silver and coloured pigment? I can still open an album; look at pictures of my grandparents taken 100 years ago. All without the need to switch on a computer fire up a bit of software. All you need to protect these is […]

Events, News, Wildlife

Elephants in Crisis

21 Apr , 2016  

Elephants In Crisis

Giving talks, about a diverse range of subjects: Kenya Masai Mara, British wildlife and British Flora allows us to share our passion for all things wild. We are lucky we do something we love. We get to spend time in the countryside-watching animals seeing the seasons change. Plants appear flower and disappear. Our pictures tell […]

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How To, Wildlife

Photography Tips for making better Flower Pictures

15 Apr , 2016  

Photographer in Bluebell Wood

You may say why use the word “making”, it’s all about having fun and using the ingredients to make a picture. No two pictures are every the same, its capturing that moment in time never to be repeated. Ingredients 1 x person – you 1 x camera – doesn’t matter the make and model, could […]

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Opinion, Wildlife

Trees in Spring

23 Mar , 2016  

Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna flowers

Trees, we all take them for granted. During our winter, many tree species are just a collection of twigs and branches. Summer comes and the trees undergo a transformation. Ask most people and they won’t know which species of tree they are looking at. Did you know for instance that we have over 30 species […]

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Opinion

Bluebells

17 Mar , 2016  

Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Each month of the year has its own special look and feel, but April is one of those months that’s hard to beat. And for us it’s all down to one flower. Each year we eagerly await the beginning of April. Why? Bluebells, early in April you start looking for the long green leaves that […]

Opinion, Wildlife

The lost art of stopping and staring

10 Mar , 2016  

Female Blackbird Tardus merula

Taking a walk the other day, I stopped to watch a female blackbird digging for worms. I was struck by her ingenuity at getting a meal for herself, perhaps preparing for a future brood. It made me think. Sometimes we fail to look at the common flora and fauna we see every day, like the […]

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Events, Opinion, Wildlife

3 March 2016 World wildlife Day, “The future of wildlife is in our hands”

22 Feb , 2016  

Celebrate world wildlife day on 3 March 2016

A day to celebrate all wildlife, from a small ant to large elephant they are all part of our wonderful eco system. A message from the United Nations,   “On this World Wildlife Day, I call on all citizens, businesses and governments to play their part in protecting the world’s wild animals and plants. The […]

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Opinion

Light and brain

11 Feb , 2016  

Light and Brain

We were recently teaching a one to one session, when nearly at the end, we always ask the person on the course if they are happy with what they had learnt. “Yes” was the reply “but it’s not what I expected.” In a mild panic we asked what had they expected. “I was expecting you […]

Events, Wildlife

Become a scientific assistant

28 Jan , 2016  

Goldfinch (European) Carduelis carduelis

To help preserve our wildlife we need to know what we are preserving. Without data all conservation, is just a stab in the dark. How can you help collect this valuable data about our wildlife and countryside? Well you could go to university, study hard, pass the exams. Get a job, apply for a research […]

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Opinion

Our children, will they be the guardians of our wildlife?

20 Jan , 2016  

Older generation enjoying birdwatching

Who will look after our wildlife tomorrow? It is looking more and more likely that the answer will be no-one. Our children and grandchildren are less engaged with the outdoors than ever before. We have raised a generation knowing nothing and caring even less, about what happens in our countryside. Unless we can reconnect our […]

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