As the twice-daily ebb of the tide drains from the foreshore, a remarkably rich world is exposed. Where scrunching shingle beaches give way to rugged rocky shores, a veritable oasis of miniature ecosystems await discovery, each containing a treasure-trove of organisms that lurk within the still waters. Rockpooling is one of those activities that reverts you … Continue reading The wonders of rockpooling
Whilst the last few weeks seem to have passed by in a blurr of assignments, lectures, meetings and uni projects, seizing the odd hour or two to savour the fresh Cornish air has rewarded with a multitude of sights and sounds. Spring has been creeping ever close as daylength stretches longer by the day; a plethora of … Continue reading The signs of Spring
Last Sunday I joined a handful of friends from uni to help out with a beach clean that had been organised for the small Cornish beach of Poldhu, on the Mullion coastline. Besides bagging as much rubbish as we could whisk off the beach, we were also on the look out for nurdles as part of … Continue reading A Weekend Nurdle Hunt
The last two days have seen the return of classic Cornish winter weather conditions, characterised by strong winds, mild air temperatures and misty, drizzly conditions. That said, I think we've generally been rather lucky with the weather this winter! I was fortunate to make the most of a stunning day on Saturday, heading out to sea aboard Free … Continue reading Weekend wildlife cruise
During the British winter months, the distinction between daylight hours and the periods around sunrise and sunset become far subtler than in summer-time, when the contrast couldn't be more stark. Even so, dawn and dusk remain particularly exciting periods where the photographer's sought-after hours of 'golden light' spill over the horizon; when the still air plays … Continue reading Dawn and Dusk: the magical hours
With the irksome exam period now a fading memory, and lectures yet to recommence into full swing, it has been pleasant to get out and about a bit more around the superb Cornish countryside. Whilst birding has been the focus of many a trip to my local reservoir patch or nearby estuary, I have also been endeavouring to cast … Continue reading Beauty in the detail
The debate surrounding this unassuming shrub seems a particularly divided subject amongst the general public, gardeners and conservation bodies alike. Does ivy kill trees? Should it be left or removed? Is it an invasive species in need of control? I was prompted to write a blog on the good old Ivy debate after coming across the … Continue reading Ivy: an insidious intruder?