Housebuilding comes at the expense of our natural habits!

I was very happy to have my voice heard with a topic I feel very passionate about. Housebuilding on Devon greenfield sites has become a serious issue (and I suspect not just in Devon) and threatens the local wildlife by drastically reducing important habitats. These new houses are erected in their thousands and are sold for a minimum of £250,000 with a majority being upwards of £400,000!! Not exactly helping the housing crises!

Could this be love? The Daily Nature Fix

Here we have The Bugula neritina (B.neritina) a tiny, weeny bryozoan. A non-native marine organism found in Salcombe (and many other places!!) This little bab is currently in his early stages, and therefore is being looked at under a strong microscope. He may not seem like much, but thanks to this little fella – my dissertation is moving along quite nicely (stay tuned for more details…)

Cold, wet and windy…

Soooo today I made the decision to embark on a 7 1/2 mile walk up on cold, wet and windy Dartmoor. We started at Princetown and followed the Victorian leat in a loop. Rather pleasent – even if I could ring-out the water from my socks and pants just 5 minutes into the trek…. Here’s a picture of me looking miserable – enjoy!…

The close encounter

Welcome to the daily nature fix! I will be regularly posting pictures of wildlife that I have had a recent encounter with. To kick start this off; The most beautiful male sparrow hawk (Accipiter nisus) came and landed on our bird table just a couple of days ago!!! I live in rural Devon, but I have never had such a close (literally less than a meter away from the lounge window!) encounter with this beautiful bird. You can tell it is a male from the orangey breast feathers. The females and young sparrow hawks tend to have darker, browny breast feathers. blog3