Rabbit stretching

Having realised how rubbish my wildlife stalking technique was on a trip to Scotland, when an opportunity has presented itself to practise, I’ve had a go. A couple of weeks ago I came across one of the (usually a bit wary) rabbits in Wat Tyler, in an area less likely for dogs to appear so…

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Gull eats seal pup eye

I should probably start this post by warning that there are GRAPHIC images of nature in the raw (please forgive the cliché). It features a gull doing what it does best (scavenging) and what it needs to survive. If you of one of those people that don’t ‘do’ nature, probably best to skip this post!…

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Grey Heron in the rain

Last weekend was supposed to be a relaxing long weekend with the girlfriend camping in the New Forest. Sadly the weather decided otherwise, so we stayed in Essex and went a on few day trips. One of these was to London, which included a walk through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Just after we walked…

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Wood Mouse

On a recent visit to Thursley Common, which was sadly pretty unproductive for invertebrates, we found this wood mouse which was feeding on grass seeds near the picnic area. It seemed unfazed by the humans around it but wouldn’t quite come out enough to pose. We all waited for a good 20 or 30mins and…

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Spitting spider

On Friday evening I spotted a spider in the bathroom. On closer inspection I realised it was a spitting spider. These are described as uncommon and this was only my second ever one, the first having been found in my house also. They are called spitting spiders because they catch their prey by spraying it…

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Heath fritillary butterfly

After visiting Elmley Marshes last Saturday, we popped over to East Blean Woods, a Kent Wildlife Trust Reserve which is one of the best best sites for the rare heath fritillary butterfly.  It took a while to find one as the sun had disappeared behind some thick cloud.  But we looked around a promising spot…

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Red grouse

A few photos I took of red grouse on my way home from the Cairngorms back in March, the route for which just so happened to take us through a good spot for them. Related posts: Red grouse on the Cairngorms Red grouse and golden plover Capercaillie – Tetrao urogallus Common toads by a loch…

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