Poor old Gilbert is getting restless. Despite the fact that there is more interest in wildlife than ever before, it seems that most of the so-called conservation organisations are losing interest in species. Instead they prefer to babble on about landscape scale conservation and ecosystem services (whatever they are). Could this be because most of their staff don't have any knowledge about species if they don't have four legs?
This is my attempt to encourage an interest in good old-fashioned natural history.

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Brief highlights

Two very long days with 3.5 hours sleep in between, plus another long day in prospect tomorrow mean that I don't have the energy to write much, even if I could come up with anything vaguely coherent, so just a few notes on highlights from the last couple of days.

A new Wood Warbler nest with 5 eggs found on Saturday - this was the female that I saw apparently prospecting for a nest site on the same day as 'Espanol nest'. It will be interesting to see if they hatch in synch. This nest will be called 'Nursie' as part of an occasional (and utterly incomprehensible to most readers) Blackadder theme. Also made significant progress on pinning down a couple of other nests which will hopefully be located when I can next get to the Forest.

A brood of two Nightjar chicks ringed this evening (two chicks is normal for Nightjars). Quality birds with attitude!

 Conversation of the week:

- I hate Small Heaths
- Why?
- What have they got going for them?
- Well they are better than Meadow Browns
- Yeah, but at least Meadow Browns know they are crap!


  1. I like Small Heaths. No idea why, but I'm always pleased to see'em. I'm not a great fan of Meadow Browns, especially dull or tatty ones. As for Gatekeepers, they are just dapper Meadow Browns. Can't we just lump them all into a super species - The Brown?

  2. Yes, I like Small Heaths too. I was the responder in the conversation, not the initiator. It won't do much for your PSL if you start lumping stuff! Nice blog by the way.