Nov 142017
Marineland Sues Ontario SPCA for Trying to ‘Destroy’ Theme Park

For many years, advocates have voiced their concerns about the welfare of the captive animals at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In November 2016, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) filed five animal cruelty charges against Marineland in regard to the theme park’s failure to provide prescribed standards of care […]

Apr 202015
The Bandipur Tales

A big hello to my readers, its been long, really long since I posted here. This post is all about a three day stay followed by a one day round in Bandipur and Kabini respectively. I had the privilege of accompanying and guiding Alex who was visiting India purely for wildlife photography. I wont be […]

Mar 212014
British farmland butterflies bounce back after 2013 summer

The warm and sunny summer of 2013 enabled British farmland butterflies to bounce back from a crash in numbers in 2012, a new survey has found. Results of the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS) show that the majority of farmland species have recovered after the worst year on record for butterflies in 2012, when 52 […]

Jun 182013
On the trail of the large tortoiseshell, the UK's most elusive butterfly

It was, joked Matthew Oates, a “lunatic fringe” mission. Scouring the hedgerows for the caterpillar of a butterfly that has been extinct for more than half a century might not be most people’s idea of fun, but Oates, a National Trust naturalist, has spent 50 summers tracking down the most elusive British butterflies. I joined […]

May 202013
UK's rare spring butterflies make a late show

The UK’s spring butterflies are being welcomed by enthusiasts, but weeks later than they usually arrive. The second-coldest March on record contributed to the delayed emergence of many rare species, according to the charity Butterfly Conservation. “First sightings” recorded by the public showed the insects typically appeared a fortnight later than normal. One rare species […]

Feb 042013
Fabulous Fieldfares and incongrous Peacocks at Tilmire, a great new local site

Thanks to joining a local birding network I’ve become aware of several sites in the York area that have somehow escaped my notice over the years … fantastic and thrilling yes but also a little humbling to realise that I’ve been birding man and boy in these parts for close on 30 years with blinkers […]