Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year!

Here's a quick blog post to wish all my followers, viewers and much more a Happy New Year! 

2013 has been a very good year for me. I reached over 10,000 views on my blog, I featured in my local newspaper and wildlife magazines a number of times, I spoke on a local radio station about looking after garden wildlife in hot conditions and I brought one of the best pieces of equipment I have so far which was my trail camera, with my trail camera I filmed badgers and the wildlife in my garden on a number of occasions and some of my badger footage featured on BBC Autumnwatch! 
I hope 2014 is just as good and even better!

Thank you very much 

Here are some of my best photographs and film from 2013.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Another walk with my camera.

Last Saturday the weather was still looking quite promising as it wasn't too cold and the harsh winds were still at bay, so I decided to go for a walk with my camera. Altogether we did about 18 miles, we started at Branston Water Park, went through Barton Marina where we stopped for lunch, had a look around the National Memorial Arboretum then walked back to Lichfield. There was still lots of fungi about and I saw a lot of buzzards hunting. Here are some of the photos I took.

 Branston Water Park. 
 A pair of Muscovy ducks, there were lots of these about. 

 Burton upon Trent
 A lovely view over Tatenhill. 

 Barton Marina. 
The River Trent at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Fun Fungi!

On Sunday whilst taking my dog for a walk around my local church yard, St.Michael's, Lichfield. I noticed that there was lots of fungus about. At my local church yard there is almost always a wide variety of different interesting fungus. At this time of year there normally isn't that much about as it is autumnal. At the time I had my camera with me and here are some of the photos I took.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Badgers sett for a quiet Christmas.

When I returned from school yesterday I found out that the badger cull in Gloucestershire had been stopped. At first this was a relief until I realized that it would continue next year, there are probably still badgers being killed illegally and the badgers which have been killed so far have been killed for no reason! As a young wildlife enthusiast I find this is quite a worry for the future of badgers in the UK, will there be any left in years to come or would they all of been killed for not much point? This isn't just the case with the cull of badgers it also applies to a lot of species which are being legally or illegally killed for no reason.

A few months back when I wanted to find some information out about the cull I found out some facts which made me even more shocked into why they are killing them. One is that badgers aren't the only animal which carry TB (Bovine Tuberculosis) also the badgers they kill don't always carry the disease. Another thing which I found out is that the culling of badgers could make the bovine TB situation worse and not better.

About the stop.  

At midday today the badger cull in Gloucester was called off because not enough badgers are expected to be killed to meet targets.After the recent eight week extension the cull wasn't meant to end until the 18th of December but it has been stopped just over two weeks early. The cull was supposed to last six weeks and was aimed at reducing the local badger population by 70 per cent. However during that period only 30 per cent were killed which led to an eight week extension and lowering the culling target to 58 per cent. Figures have not been released to show how many badgers were killed but it will be announced on Monday.

Here are some screen shots from the badgers which I have filmed on my trail camera:

Monday, 18 November 2013

One year on!

Today (18th November) is exactly one year since I first started my wildlife blog. So far it's been very enjoyable and I've managed to show people what I like doing best, share all my sightings, give people advice and much more!
Over the last year I've had lots of different people viewing my blog and leaving comments like the wildlife TV presenters Chris Packham and Mike Dilger. As well as being contacted by the BBC WM radio presenter, Adrian Goldberg and BBC Autumnwatch because of the things that I posted about. On the radio I was talking about how to look after garden wildlife in hot conditions which had featured on my blog and on BBC Autumnwatch some of my badger footage was shown on the program which was found on my blog too! My blog has also appeared in my local newspaper, websites and magazines.
So far I've done blog posts about all manner of things from footage I've captured on my trail camera to a visit to Kate MacRae's patch.
I hope the next year is just as good and better!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Another day walking in Derbyshire.

As the weather for Saturday looked promising we decided to make the most of it and go for a day walking in the Peak District. Our walk started off in Belper and ended there too. At this time of year there are all sorts of interesting fungi species about and I managed to photograph some whilst out walking. Here are some that I took along with some scenic photos.

 Belper Mill.

 A rose hip.
 An Autumnal lane.

 Not what you usually expect to find under some fungi!

 The view over Belper.