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A Ringers Year: January 2020

4th February 2020

I have just returned from two weeks in the West African Country of The Gambia where I stayed with 12 other volunteers from the UK; at the Kartong Bird Observatory.  […]

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Join the buzz around bumblebees in 2020

22nd January 2020

It’s hard not to admire bumblebees: they’re colourful, perform a vital function in the ecosystem and are sufficiently diverse to keep entomologists, expert and enthusiast alike, on their toes. To […]

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The North East New Year Plant Hunt-Off – The Results

7th January 2020

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland’s (BSBI) New Year Plant Hunt is an annual event in which botanists, expert and amateur alike, head out to record the plant species bucking the […]

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A Ringers Year: December 2019

We undertook two ringing sessions near my house this month catching 19 new birds and 10 retraps on the 10th, and 32 new birds with 13 re-traps on the 20th.  The […]

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A Ringer’s Year: November 2019

3rd December 2019

We managed two final ringing sessions at Howick by changing days at short notice to dodge the rain and wind.  On the 2nd we had 29 re-traps and 29 new […]

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Book review: A Prickly Affair – My Life with Hedgehogs, by Hugh Warwick.

22nd November 2019

I’ve always had a soft spot for hedgehogs, growing up they were one of the only wild animals I experienced living in a built up suburban area of Newcastle. I […]

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Book Review: The Secret Life of the Owl, by John Lewis-Stempel

A wise old owl sat in an oak, The more he saw the less he spoke, The less he spoke the more he heard, Why can’t we all be like […]

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1829 Talks: from strength to strength

6th November 2019

In late 2018, we launched our 1829 Talks: a new series of short, environmental lectures delivered by students studying at local universities. Now, one year later, we are delighted to […]

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A Ringers Year: October 2019

29th October 2019

With just a hint of frost on the 3/10/19 we were able to ring at Howick capturing and processing 63 new birds and 17 retraps.  One of the most notable […]

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Book review: Bird Therapy, by Joe Harkness

World Mental Health Day is 10th October every year.  By happy coincidence, I picked up a new acquisition from the Natural History Society of Northumbria’s collection at the Great North […]

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