Spring migration underway (finally!)

After what seems like weeks of unsettled weather conditions, we've at last been able to enjoy a few days of calmer winds and the odd warm ray of sunshine. The mixture of southerly and easterly airflows has also enabled a slow but assured movement of spring migrants to pass through the island, although numbers are [...]

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30 Days Wild | Day 14

It was one of those rare mornings that dawned with barely a breath of wind - that unfamiliar sound of silence. As a consequence, I arose to the bubbling song of our two territorial Blackbirds adjacent the house; to the twinkling song of male Wrens, the chattering of awakening Swallows and more raucous cries of [...]

Blackcaps with backpacks

Over last couple of months I have been helping out with the beginnings of an exciting new study into Britain's overwintering population of Blackcaps with fellow undergraduate Robbie Phillips. This three-year project is being run by Benjamin Van Doren from Oxford University and Greg Conway from the BTO, in conjunction with research and academic staff here [...]