Lucky to see four wren chicks fledge the nest at WWT’s Martin Mere reserve today, as well as falling in love with a Grey-crowned crane in the exotic collection, enjoying a paddle about in a canoe and spotting lots of waders and garden-birds around the reserve…
Short-clawed Asian otters… Continue reading
Great day orchid-spotting at London Wetland Centre in Barnes…
Glorious bee orchids:
The occasional Pyramidal orchid:
And lots of lovely Southern marsh orchids:
And lots of waterborne creepycrawlies, plus a newt, while pond-dipping… Continue reading
The 20-seater aircraft shakes us like dice in a cup as we approach the island. We’ve been struggling through thick fog for 15 minutes when the mist dissolves to reveal rugged green peaks soaring out of the sea, like a mysterious Jurassic Park-style lost world.
“Welcome to the Nature Island,” the flight attendant chimes as we rattle towards the landing strip. With peaks up to 1,400 metres above sea level, Dominica is one of the most mountainous islands in the Caribbean, earning… Continue reading
Five years ago I bought my mum and dad a bird-box with an infrared video camera inside for Christmas. Hopes were high that very first Spring, as they installed the box on a tall wooden post in the back garden and hooked the camera up to their TV. They’d turn expectantly to the bird-cam channel every day, but could never see so much as a feather inside.
Three years ago they moved it to the wall of the house, in the back garden… Continue reading
To readers unfamiliar with Sri Lankan wildlife, the claims Gehan sets out in the introductory chapter to Wild Sri Lanka might seem fantastical. One of the best whale-watching destinations in the world? The largest annually occurring concentration of elephants in the world? The largest “bird wave” phenomenon in the world? It seems hard to believe, of an island roughly the size of Tasmania or Ireland.
But by presenting data he has gathered over many years, and sharing personal accounts of
On my recent trip to Sri Lanka, birdwatching was slotted in around interviews, hotel inspections, and hours and hours on the road. I did get chance to go on a proper birding walk at Rainforest Eco Lodge in Sinharaja and Hotel Sigiriya though, and saw lots of birds on safari in Yala and hiking in the Knuckles. All in all, I clocked up at least 55 species (that’s just the ones I noted down) and managed… Continue reading
A feature I wrote for TTG about last year’s trip to Guyana won “trade feature of the year” at the Latin America Travel Association Press Awards this week. Click here to download a PDF of the feature, from TTG May 17, 2012.… Continue reading
Last weekend I braved the freezing cold to help out at the RSPB’s Date With Nature in Battersea Park. I used to run through the park frequently when training for a marathon last year but, like many of the joggers and strollers in the park, I rarely used to look up and see what was in the trees. Which is a real shame, since there is a thriving heronry of 20-30 herons nests sitting 30 metres off the… Continue reading
The daily blogs I wrote while in South Africa earlier this year are now live on the Telegraph.co.uk site… Click here to read about my six days of training to be a safari guide, and 24 action-packed hours in Johannesburg.
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Blogs from my recent trip to the New Forest are now live on Greentraveller.co.uk, as part of an in-depth guide to sustainable tourism in the New Forest district:
A Q&A with Anthony Climpson OBE, tourism manager of the New Forest
Canoeing in the New Forest