Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!
I am writing this on a single carriage train somewhere between Derby and Crewe. This weekend I travelled back to the East Midlands to celebrate my brother’s 30th birthday in his lovely new house. Needless to say that his lovely new house has now has a much dirtier floor, but other than that I think […]
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True to form the weather has been a mixed bag recently. From Gale strength winds battering your car as you traverse the Menai straits to stunning sunshine in Spring-like Moelfre. There’s been torrential downpours too as well as snow on the aptly named Snowdon mountain range. A glance out the window now though is met […]
The wildlife highlight of this week for me has to be an encounter with a Water Rail. I thought my first meeting with these bird might be a winters day down at Valley Wetlands RSPB reserve, however it turned out that I would first meet this gorgeous bird down on the Isles of Scilly. I […]
Had a fabulous Friday night at the North Wales Wildlife Trust’s annual Lacey lecture. This time it was over to Wrexham to hear Mike Dilger give a talk on the “Trails and Tribulations of being a Wildlife Presenter”. You may have seen Mike presenting wildlife pieces on The One Show where his cheery, enthusiastic demeanor […]
This Tuesday the sun was shining and it was glorious to be out if you could avoid being in the shade. The first outing of the day took me to a housing estate in Holyhead where Ken was looking for a juvenile Rose-coloured Starling. We approached the garden where the bird had been sighted from […]
What an evening I had on Saturday!? Before a settling down to watch Casualty with a Jamaican-themed dinner and a hot pepper sauce I met my friends Ken (top birder blokey) and Dave (a local businessman offering outdoor activities around Anglesey and Snowdonia http://www.outdooractivesports.co.uk/) at Malltraeth RSPB reserve to attempt to witness the Starling roost. […]
The above is a list of the road-kill I saw along the A55 on Monday. I think it’s sad that the most I see of British mammals is their carcass along the side of the road 🙁 Thankfully, on this particular journey I saw no Badgers. My friend Ken added to this list when I […]
Hiya, sorry to keep warbling on about Frozen Planet, but it really is amazing! Without going in to too much detail about last night’s programme (I know you haven’t seen it yet Ken!) there was an amazing sequence of a pod of Killer Whales hunting a Minke whale. With Whale-watching right up there at the […]
About The Author
From my new home on the wonderful isle of Anglesey I have been lucky enough to be immersed in Welsh wildlife. Since moving here I have met so many wonderful people who also have a passion for British wildlife and thought this would be the ideal way to share my enjoyment of the natural wonders of the island and further afield with anybody who cares to listen! Just so you know… I was born with a passion for wildlife and the outdoors (thanks Mum and Dad) and went on to study Medical Microbiology and Zoology at Leeds University. It was in 2010 whilst volunteering for the Wildlife Trust on the Isles of Scilly that birds showed on my radar too. The wonderful Paul Long saw me hurriedly making my way across the harbour on St Mary’s and assumed I was heading for the Red-throated Diver, I followed him and hence I’d been on my first ‘twitch’! It didn’t seem right to tell him that actually I was just desperate for the loo. Since meeting them on Scilly, my passion for birds and wildlife had been nurtured by the encyclopedic Neil Glenn and the inspiring Dr Rob Lambert (both residing in Nottingham, my birth place). I can thank the RSPB for my first paid work in conservation. I am particularly thankful that that work was here, on an island I have grown up visiting (I have spent many hours on the rocks and straits while my Dad was chasing Conger-bongers or the elusive Bass!). Moving here in spring 2010 only made me fall deeper in love with Anglesey; where the sky meets the mountains, meets the sea. One of the little-known gems of Anglesey is Mr Ken Croft. Ken is a birding legend, spotting many rarities and first birds for Britain. I can thank Ken for all I know about birds. If you are lucky enough to bump into the ‘Welsh Wizard’ then you’ll be engulfed in his enthusiasm and expertise. Through Naturebites, Kathy and Ken offer guided wildlife tours on Anglesey. Please see the 'Wildlife Tours' page on our website for more details of how to join in.