Hare today, gone tomorrow?

The number of brown hares in the UK is thought to have dropped by as much as 80% over the past hundred years, meaning that there are now less than a million of one of our best loved mammals. Which makes reports that both myxomatosis and the deadly rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) may have crossed…

Has spring sprung already?

I saw the first of this year’s daffodils, often a herald of spring, a little over two weeks ago. Er in January? On last week’s Winterwatch a cameraman had captured a woodpecker drumming in the Cairngorms – behaviour more usually associated with the vernal season when the woodpecker is looking for territory (or a mate!)….

The Lost Species

Wouldn’t it be a glorious sight to watch white-tailed sea eagles diving for fish in the waters around the Solent? The UK’s largest bird of prey, fondly known as a “flying barn door” for its eight foot wingspan, was wiped out in England a century ago but now there are plans afoot to explore the…

Winter cravings

As the winter solstice beckons and the daylight hours dwindle, I start to find myself side-tracked from all thoughts of Christmas prep, ambushed by a recurring reverie of sticky ginger parkin. Six weeks too late I hear you remonstrate, Bonfire Night should have been parkin night… But it’s on the first day of winter proper…