I can’t quite believe how much time has elapsed since I last posted an update here on my blog! Time is certainly a little thin on the ground at the moment, what with dissertation hand-ins looming and the usual line-up of other deadlines to contend with.
That’s still no excuse for the desperate lack of posts on my blog though!
My caravan buddy (term-time home for me is in a static caravan a few miles out of Falmouth…) has inspired me to attempt at least a weekly blog through his wildlife-diary-esque entries as part of work for third year on the Marine and Natural History Photography course at Falmouth University.
Check out some of Jack Burton’s posts here.
So I thought I’d at least try and put pen to paper, as it were, and write a brief post to bring any straggling blog readers up to date with my activities over the last few weeks!
This time last month I was in the middle of a lowland rainforest on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, getting extremely wet. After a spectacular two-week trip around the country for our third year university field course, I spent a few days birding with good friends Jack Barton and Espen Quinto-Assman at the La Selva biological research station. Much more on that to come, but take a look at Jack’s first couple of blogs about our time in one of the planet’s most biodiverse countries.
Suffice to say it was an immense experience, and it felt rather nice to avoid a few weeks of British mid-winter too.
Fast forward a few weeks, and we’re now half way through February! The sun is rising higher at it’s azimuth in the southern sky every day; appearing over the eastern horizon just that bit earlier every morning. Spring is on its way, and the wildlife knows it. The dawn chorus seems to be building in strength by the day, dominated by Robins, Song Thrushes and Tits at the moment.
I’m now happily installed back in my Falmouth home, in a static caravan juxtaposed amongst a patchwork of farmland and woodland in the country a little way out of town. It’s great to be back, even if the workload is rather hefty at the moment. I’m now in my third year of my Conservation Biology undergrad degree at the University of Exeter, and on the home stretch towards its completion! Aside writing up my dissertation (remember those Manxies I spent all summer scrutinising on Bardsey?), two taught modules this term include Animal Migration (as fascinating as you’d expect!) and another titled ‘Science and Society’. The latter focusses on addressing how we can effectively communicate with the public as scientists, bridging the gap that often holds many confusions and misconceptions. Both very interesting topics!
In between studies, I’m really enjoying getting out for short walks daily around the fields and woods near the caravan to keep a pulse on the daily rhythm of the area’s wildlife. I’ll write a more insightful post in the coming days, but here are some pics to do the talking for me…
In other news, a big chunk of my time at the moment is taken up by a very exciting project I’m involved in: the Sail Against Plastic expedition. It deserves a whole blog of its own for an introduction, so I’ll just point you in the direction of our website for now. A LOT more to come on this.
I’ll attempt to post a bit more often than I’ve managed in the last six months! Watch this space…