Time to Clear up Our Act…

As well as being unsightly, litter is a serious social, economic and environmental problem. It causes harm to communities and wildlife, and in an era where local authorities’ budgets are coming under increasing pressure, costs over £1billion each year to clear up. Yet it is entirely preventable. By us.

“In the past few decades we have become a society that consumes on the go, with all the packaging that goes along with it. If you buy something – be it a packet of crisps or a bottle of water – you buy the packaging as well and it is your responsibility to dispose of that packaging appropriately by recycling it or putting it in the bin. And, if we’re not near a bin we need to keep that rubbish with us until we are. To do otherwise is not only against the law but it is also damaging to our environment.” – CEO of Keep Britain Tidy (Allison Ogden-Newton)

Person Holding Plastic Bottles and Hose#

For any Londoners reading this; The Port of London Authority (PLA) have a system whereby when you collect litter during a foreshore/river clean, you can report your findings through their website and contribute to a valuable database, enabling crucial research.

Link to PLA website: https://server1.pla.co.uk/Environment/Reporting-your-Thames-litter-clean-up



Happy Birthday, Charlie Boi

Yesterday was Charles Darwin’s (1809-1882) birthday. What a bloke.

 “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.

Thanks for everything Charles e.g The Theory of Evolution….

(Photo credit: Ben Garrod)

A Mountain of a Problem…

“A child born today will see an Everest largely free of glaciers within their lifetime.”

Would this be the case if global warming wasn’t ‘a thing’? Absolutely not.

Is this ok? Absolutely not.

Will it make a difference? Absolutely, yes.

Thousands of organisms rely on glaciers as their ecosystem. No glaciers equals a huge loss in some very important organisms, both micro and macroscopic.

Sorry to be all doom and gloom, but I just cannot understand for the life of me why this is not at the forefront of news. Too frustrating for words really…. So I’ll just write a whole paragraph on it…

Glaciers reveal clues about global warming. For example, how much does our atmosphere naturally warm up between Ice Ages? And how does human activity affect the climate? Glaciers are incredibly sensitive to temperature fluctuations following climate change and direct glacier observation may help answer these questions. Since the early twentieth century, with few exceptions, glaciers around the world have been shrinking at unprecedented rates. Many scientists believe this massive glacial retreat relates back to the Industrial Revolution, which began around 1760. The hideous fact is that several ice caps, glaciers and ice shelves have disappeared altogether in this century, with many retreating so rapidly that they may vanish within just a matter of decades…





Oh Shucks Guyths….

Repost from: Explore Marine Life With The University of Plymouth

What do our undergraduates go on to do after they complete their degrees? Meet Eve Angelina Sanders who left the SW for the bright lights of London to work for the Thames Estuary Partnership earlier this year!


From September 2015 to June 2018 I studied at University of Plymouth on the BSc Marine Biology and Oceanography degree course. Although I graduated just over five months ago, I am now employed as the ‘Thames Citizen Fish Officer’ working for the Thames Estuary Partnership based at the UCL in London. My job requires me to develop methods for citizen scientists, helping them with things like monitoring fish nursery grounds, safeguarding the natural habitat for plants and invertebrates at different sites around the Thames Estuary and raising awareness of the wildlife in general. I love it!

Studying at the University of Plymouth did so much more than just give me the invaluable skills that I need for my new job. Alongside the engaging lectures, the teaching staff across the whole of the University of Plymouth’s marine biology sector were incredibly supportive and always willing to help where they could. This meant any questions I had (regarding not only the course content but also academia in general) were quickly answered. The practical side of the degree (field trip to a Swedish fjord in Kristineberg and the numerous research vessel trips in Plymouth Sound to study the physical, chemical and ecological aspects of the water) were a lot of fun and gave me the hands-on experience that employers in this field are often eager to see on a CV. Together I feel both of these course aspects (practical experience and the lectures) gave me well-rounded skills and a knowledge base which were crucial to me getting the job I’m in today.

Two Scientists Walk in Into a Museum…

I know it’s not exactly London wildlife…. but they’re still in London? Aye?…. AYE??

The London Natural History Museum is truly a wonder. The feeling I get when walking through the doors is the same feeling a five year old gets on Christmas morning.. Pure excitement. If you haven’t been – do pay a visit. I visited today with a good friend from university and we had a ball. The pickled specimen section is my favourite. Ew.

As a scientist, visiting the NHM just makes me ask so many questions about the natural world. Why did birds evolve feathers? Why are so many butterflies brightly coloured?… It goes on and on… I’ll stop now. You’re welcome.

I also learned that a blue whale weighs 2027 times my body weight! Because I needed to know that…

Here are some smartly dressed butterflies for you… Pleasure..

I’m Hooked…

Fab day out with the London Environment Agency – learning how to use a Seine net at Greenwich foreshore. We caught lots (and released them) including bream, flounder, sea bass and more! Just goes to show how well recovered the Thames Estuary is, since it was declared biologically dead only 50 years ago!! It’s now the most biodiverse habitat in Europe. Throwing the facts at you tonight…. You’re welcome… 😉 Naughty…

Who am I?…

Since university? I don’t even know myself… **Slaps own Face**

My name is Eve Sanders. People call me Tooby. I have a BSc in Marine Biology and Oceanography from The University of Plymouth and I am currently working for the fabulous Thames Estuary Partnership. This is me with a pickled deep sea angler fish… because that’s how I roll. Apparently.newforblog

I am a marine scientist hoping to pursue a career in both research and science communication (TV and radio presenting for natural history programs). Although I chose to focus my studies around the marine world, I have a passion for all things nature related. I also regularly embark on slightly odd/ridiculous adventures abroad. ToobysTravels is a place for me to share my frolicking/experiences and communicate my science to you. I hope you enjoy!

I am truly grateful for the kind support ToobysTravels receives. Thank you. My aim is to create content that will edge out a giggle (or at the very least a smirk..) from you, whilst promoting important environmental issues and wildlife conservation. So please do me a ‘flavour’ and click follow… You won’t regret it.. (I hope…)

If you should wish to meet me and pass on any toilet humour related jokes, I will be attending ‘The Peoples Walk for Wildlife’ (organised by Chris Packham) at Hyde park on the 22nd of September (details below) to help raise awareness about the UK’s depleting wildlife in need. See you there!


Buzz Off…

I know it’s yet another pants title, but please don’t actually buzz off…

London Wildlife Challenge day: absolutely no idea.

Walking home from work the other day (in central London) I passed this climbing creeper plant which has engulfed an entire housing estate courtyard. It was alive and packed with beautiful honey bees! But why? If anyone can identify this mystery, magic plant then do get in touch with me please! I find it astonishing that in central London thousands of honey bees were in one place. Bloody smashing. Just listen to that hum of thousands of little wings…