BTO Conference 2017: first thoughts

BTO Conference 2017: first thoughts

For those of you who have not yet attended the annual British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) conference, you should. At your earliest convenience. The event itself, educational, uplifting, serious yet somehow positive, a far cry from similar occasions I have attended in the past. Yes, this weekend past I was lucky enough to attend the [...]

Three Peaks for Curlew – Success!

Three Peaks for Curlew – Success!

I am delighted to announce that yesterday, following an exhausting day of trekking in the Yorkshire Dales, myself, Sacha Elliot and Tiffany Francis (otherwise known as the Curlew Crusaders) concluded our three peaks for Curlew challenge. Hooray! Taking in the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside (in my opinion, the worst of the three) and Ingleborough, we completed the twenty-six-mile hike [...]

North of England Curlew Festival: Some Thoughts

North of England Curlew Festival: Some Thoughts

This Saturday past, myself, Sacha and Matt had the pleasure to attend the first and hopefully, annual, North of England Curlew Festival. Taking place at Bolton Castle, the event comprised a series of intriguing talks - regarding everything from Curlew conservation to fundraising and research - as well as activities designed to bring guests closer to [...]

Doing my bit for Curlew conservation

Doing my bit for Curlew conservation

The haunting call of the Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) is one of the most iconic, and indeed, enjoyable sounds in nature. The rippling trill of Britain's largest wading bird evoking mist-clad moorlands, windswept coastal estuaries and other exquisite wild places. It is a sound which, once heard, is not soon forgotten; the very embodiment of [...]

40km for Curlew Conservation

40km for Curlew Conservation

The haunting call of the Curlew is one of the most iconic, and enjoyable, sounds in nature. Especially in Britain: where rippling trill of our largest wading bird evokes images of heather clad, misty moorlands and windswept coastal estuaries. It is a sound that ensnares many, myself included; though one that, sadly, is heard less often these [...]