Category Archives: Ecology

Farne Islands Shags

I visited the Farne Islands this week to photograph the amazing seabird spectacle. This is the time of year when most species have chicks to feed, so the place is full of activity as adults provision their hungry offspring with fish they have caught out at sea – or stolen from other seabirds. It’s possible […]

Work in Progress

Managing reserves for wildlife is part of the core work of Northumberland Wildlife Trust. These reserves are places where people can come and enjoy nature on their own doorstep and provide refuges for species that have lost habitat. One such reserve is Briarwood Banks, on a tributary of the River Allen. It is one of […]

Dalavich Ancient Oakwood

Ancient oak tree within Dalavich Oakwood.

Last week, Anna and I spent a few days near Loch Awe in western Scotland. This is an area with an abundance of coastline, freshwater, woodland, hills and wildlife. Fortunately we were too late in the year for midges but we certainly experienced the changeable weather! A few years back, before I’d started university (OK, […]

Wheatear survival

Back in September I wrote a blog in which I introduced my research work on the wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe). Today I’m going to delve a bit further into this work, focusing on how food availability during the breeding season affects survival. As I mentioned previously, the wheatear is a migrant songbird that undertakes some of […]

A Model Migrant

Millions of birds are now embarking on journeys to distant wintering grounds. Wheatears, distant relatives of the robin to which they are similar in size, undertake extraordinary migrations of several thousands of kilometres. Most extreme are those travelling from Alaska, west across Asia, reaching East Africa after a voyage of 10,000 kilometres. Or the Greenland […]