I last heard nightingales sing more than a decade ago. It was just after midnight on a starry May evening and, from dense blackthorn scrub on the Dutch coast, they were seemingly everywhere, writes Tim Birch
Hen harriers are breeding successfully in Peak District for the first time in eight years. Our Conservation Manager, Tim Birch, tells us about watching the family on the moors. See also the video link at the end of his blog.
I have just returned from an exhausting but rewarding four days spent training to be a lay vaccinator of badgers. The course took place near Stroud in the beautiful Cotswold hills. If you don’t like getting up just before dawn then this course is not for you! You also need to have no fear of needles and be prepared to do commando rolls under barbed wire fences, get bitten by badger fleas, drag large metal traps across muddy ditches and up steep hills and slide down slippery slopes, ending up on your behind.
Licences for pilot badger culls came into force in Gloucestershire and Somerset at the weekend. Along with other Wildlife Trusts, we are appealing for funds to support a badger vaccination programme as an alternative.
When you get out into Spring the wow factor just hits you in the face. The colours seem overwhelming. If, like me, you have not seen Spring for a few years in the UK through living overseas the riot of colour almost seems unreal – the new green growth, that shimmering blue of the bluebells, the white carpet of wild garlic stretching as far as you can see...