• Box Colour
  • Adonis blue

    Adonis blue

  • Emperor dragonfly

    Emperor dragonfly

  • Lilly of the Valley

    Lilly of the Valley

  • Grey seal

    Grey seal

  • Rainbow parakeet

    Rainbow parakeet

  • Saltmarsh surey - skinflats

    Saltmarsh survey - Skinflats

  • Grey-cushioned grimmia

    Grey-cushioned grimmia

  • Goatsbeard


  • Colour
  • Meadow thistle

    Meadow thistle

  • Mountain pansy

    Mountain pansy

  • Surveying on Greenham Common

    Surveying on Greenham Common

  • Striped shieldbug

    Striped shieldbug

  • Puffin


  • Colour
  • Red kite

    Red kite

  • Monkey orchid

    Monkey orchid

  • Shining hookeria

    Shining hookeria

  • Tay survey

    Saltmarsh survey - Tay Estuary

  • Verdigris fungus

    Verdigris fungus


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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 10:26

Red Squirrel Awareness Week

Red squirrel awareness week starts on 23rd September. Organised by the wildlife trusts to highlight the plight of one of our most endearing mammals, a wide range of events and activities have been organised – visit http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/go-nuts for details. As a schoolboy birder in the 1970s, I well remember seeing these sleek, rust-and-snow coloured denizens of pine woods scampering among the boughs on Thorney Island and in Thetford Forest. While still on Thorney and Isle of Wight, where the American-originating grey squirrel is absent, the reds are now lost from Thetford. In fact, numbers in the UK have fallen from around 3.5 million in the 1950s, to about120,000 today (with over 75% of them in Scotland); the population in England is thought to be as low as 15,000. They continue to be threatened by disease, the loss and fragmentation of woodland habitat and competition from grey squirrels. These days, I spend a lot of time working in southern Ukraine and fortunately can still watch (and photograph) the cheeky red squirrels in the nearby park, and sometimes even in my apartment courtyard when they come to feed on the ripe walnuts in autumn.

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