Fulmars - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Alternative nesting sites

On the cliffs of Westray are two Fulmar resting places. They’re both in the north-end of the island. One is a bare …

Puffin flying - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Bumpy landing

I’ve seen Puffins flying underwater in an avian aquarium. They’re incredibly elegant. I’ve seen them flying and been amazed by their speed …

Twite - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Twite are seriously underrated

Twite are such beautiful birds. They’re small brown finches, closely related to Linnets. The subtlety of their plumage is just sublime and …

Common Tern - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A funny Tern

I love the small bright yellow boat in Pierowall bay. Having called it a boat, someone will probably correct me and tell …

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Organic food – a glossary #4

“Is organic food any better for you?”, people ask, as if that’s the only worthwhile question to ask. A follow up question …

Gannet diving - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Gannet missile technology

As I child I read a book called Magic of the Senses by Vitus B. Droscher, a popular science exploration of the …

Wren - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Flying Wren

I’ve enjoyed the Wrens at Einar this year. They’ve been a joy. Their lives are led in a sheltered garden, full of …

Swallow - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Feather bed

The encyclopaedia says there are four seasons in temperate latitudes. Billy Connolly, however, said, “There are two seasons in Scotland;¬†June and winter”. …

Wren - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Absolute scenes

Absolute scenes here today at Einar as the Wrens fledged. I’ve been watching the parents bringing invertebrates into one of my ‘useful …

Short-Eared Owl - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The shock of an Owl

I’m standing in the garden of Einar, against a stone wall, taking photographs of Swallows. They’re great to practise on because they’re …

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Biodiversity – a glossary #2

Biodiversity is a pretentious term used by people who want to sound as if they understand something that you don’t. Usually, using …

Plastic Waste - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Bottles

There’s a piece of marshland I regularly trespass on. It’s between a river and a railway and accessible only by climbing down …

Sparkly Puffin 71 x 40cm

Sparkly Puffin

Humans and Puffins. We share a love of sunlight on turquoise ocean. And sparkles. We both love sparkles. I’ve just added another …

Wall Pennywort - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Wall Pennywort

Umbilicus rupestris is a great scientific name for Wall Pennywort. Its alternative name is Navelwort. I prefer the name Bellybutton plant, but …

Warning Signs - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

No

Farming near a town must be very stressful. It’s not just the dogs being walked near sheep. Although that’s stressful enough. There’s …

Buzzard chick - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Buzzard chick

I’ve cycled out to The Wood again. I’m collecting my trail camera (more of which, later) and want to check on the …

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Conservation – a glossary #1

Conservation sounds like it should be a good thing, a thing with which everyone agrees. We all want to conserve the natural …

Bee Orchid - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Bee Orchid

I’ve seen Bee Orchids before. I went all the way to Brixham to search for them and was successful. They were a …

Bluebells - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Bluebells

Bluebells are a woodland species. Here, on Dartmoor, there are fields of them. It used to be forest but we cut all …

Reed Warbler - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Warbling in the reeds

I’m having a wander through the reeds in the heat of the sun. I can hear the robotic call of the Reed …

Edward Everard - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Edward Everard

I worked in Bristol for several years and frequently diverted my route across the city to see the Edward Everard building. Everard …