Some of my favourite photos

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Review of 2016

It has been a brilliant year with loads of wildlife and a few new species for me.
Water voles, Fin whales and a blue shark are a few of them

I've written a blog on some of the things I got up to in 2016

Please have a look and follow if you want to see what I get up to 2017.

Happy new Year


Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas to those who still turn up at this blog.

It's been a very busy and mad 2016. 

Check out what I've been up to at

Merry Christmas and Wild New Year


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picture of 'Cookie' 
Designed by Aidan for Oxfordshire Badger group.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Thank you

Thank you very much if you have arrived at this blog using a search engine or just came here by chance.

I have moved my blog over to

Please come and have a look.

I have been very busy over the past couple of months with badger cubs and appearing on Springwatch Unsprung.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Quick update

Thank you so much for arriving at this blog.

I'll give you a quick update.

I moved my blog to

in October 2015.

Since then I have posted about Badgers, Barn owls, Sparrowhawks, a day at the Wildlife Crime Conference, the Big garden Bird watch, hares and lots of trail camera clips.
Please visit my new blog

Thank you


Taken by Oxford Mail

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Merry Christmas and Wild New Year

If you have turned up at this site, thank you, but I now have a new blog site.

Please come and have a look and follow if you like it

Merry Christmas and Wild New Year


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Thursday, 29 October 2015

New blog now on Wordpress

I have started a new blog on Wordpress.

I will be keeping this one as it has all my old posts but blogging on Wordpress from now on.

It is still not quite finished but please go and have a look, and follow if you like it.



Monday, 26 October 2015

Spider and the fly

Just as I was walking past our conservatory, a fly flew straight in front of me and landed in a cobweb, it started to struggle, going round and round trying it's hardest to get away.
The Spider ran down the web from where she was hiding out under the window,  she began to spin insanely round and round with the fly while wrapping the bottom half of the fly up in a few pieces of web.
Once the spider had secured the fly, it looked like she was feeding from the flies abdominal segment while the fly was thrashing it's legs about wildly.
After a bit the fly stopped moving so I ran inside to get a piece of white paper to put behind the window to make the photos clearer.
Richard Comont very kindly identified these as a house fly and a Zygiella x-notata (Missing Sector Orb Spider)


It was both fascinating and disgusting at the same time!

Wrapped up

The spider then left the fly and went back to hiding under the window frame.
In this photo you can see the missing sectors in the web therefore the name Missing Sector Orb weaver spider.

I went to see Steve Backshall do a talk last night and one of the topics he was talking about was arachnophobia, he said in defense of spiders you have to think about how many flies there would be if there were no spiders