A seabird spectacular at Fowlsheugh

Puffins and so much more… There is nothing quite like a seabird colony. In my humble opinion, they are one of the UK’s greatest wildlife spectacles – nowhere else in the country would you find such an impressive array of bird species all crammed together in one space, and in such great numbers. Visiting one…

Some thoughts on SNH and the Strathbraan raven licence

I don’t normally post about controversial or political subjects on this blog. Firstly, because it is a blog about celebrating and appreciating our natural world; secondly, because my PhD is controversial and political enough. I study the conflict between grouse shooting interests and raptor conservation interests in Scotland – at best, a highly charged, heavily…

A year in fieldwork

It seems like an awful long time ago since I last wrote a blog. In fact, it was an awful long time ago. My last post was dated June 2017, and that one even started with an apology for being 7 months late with it. Well, another eight months later and here we are! I…

5 things we can do #NowforNature

I haven’t blogged in a while…okay, a long while. Seven whole months, to be exact. This, fortunately, is down to incredibly exciting reasons: I spent two glorious months in Madagascar, diving on coral reefs with sea turtles and seeking out lemurs and fantastical reptiles in the sweltering jungle (hard life, eh?) and then hit the…

An ode to Autumn

As Autumn draws to a close and the darkness of Winter sets in, I wanted to write a little post in praise of the former. A lot of people dislike Autumn; for the cold, the rain, the biting wind that makes your cheeks sting. Others just hate to see the end of Summer (whatever ‘Summer’…

On the search for birds of prey: a West Coast Adventure

There is nothing more breath-taking than the sight of a bird of prey soaring over its natural environment. Especially in Scotland; its rugged landscape, from sea cliffs to rolling hills, providing the perfectly dramatic backdrop to the elegant flight of such a charismatic creature. With not even the merest suggestion of a flap, a bird…