Glenmuick: The ideal place for a stag-do

One of the best things about living in Scotland (aside from the copious amounts of whisky) is the fact that some form of wilderness is never too far away. Of course, I use the term β€˜wilderness’ lightly – whilst re-wilding is an exciting and rapidly growing concept in the highlands, much of what we perceive…

The Montrose Basin: A bird-watchers Paradise

On Tuesday I was lucky enough to be given a tour of the Montrose Basin, a local nature reserve just an hour and a half away from Aberdeen by car. The reserve itself is enormous, incorporating a plethora of different habitats; saltmarshes, freshwater streams, extensive reedbeds and arable land. The basin is perhaps most famous…

The Reliant Robin

Given that it’s the festive season, the majority of my recent animal spotting has come from my parents home in Whitley Bay, a coastal town on the outskirts of Newcastle. Their humble back garden – however much it may lack in breadth – is a haven for all manner of wildlife, thanks to my Dad’s…

It all began with a taxi driver….

Whenever people learnt what I studied at university, I was always astounded by their default response: “So…you must want to work in a zoo, then.” Perhaps it was that misleading word ‘zoo’ in the title, or maybe I just look the type. But if I had a penny for every time my job prospects were…