Archive of: James Duncan

  • Species of the day: Slow-worm

    03 July 2020

    Species of the day: Slow-worm

    Both the naming and look of the Slow-worm may be confusing, for it’s neither a worm nor particularly slow in its movements; nor is it a snake - as per its superficial look.

     
  • Species of the day: House Martin

    01 July 2020

    Species of the day: House Martin

    The delicate House Martin is a remarkably small bird, roughly the size of a Goldfinch. Along with the Swallow, it is without doubt one of our most welcomed spring arrivals

     
  • Species of the day: Meadow Brown

    29 June 2020

    Species of the day: Meadow Brown

    There’s no British butterfly species more ubiquitous than the Meadow Brown, found in just about every grassy habitat across the British Isles and indeed much further afield

     
  • Species of the day: Meadowsweet

    27 June 2020

    Species of the day: Meadowsweet

    Should you happen to wander alongside a stream, you may become aware of a rather sweet fragrance, that of the dainty Meadowsweet

     
  • Species of the day: Dark Bush Cricket

    24 June 2020

    Species of the day: Dark Bush Cricket

    You’re likely to see a Dark Bush Cricket crawling and sunbathing amongst ancient hedgerows, particularly in the southern half of Britain where they’re the most common

     
  • Species of the day: Hemlock

    22 June 2020

    Species of the day: Hemlock

    Hemlock likely needs little introduction for its reputation precedes it as a notoriously toxic member of the widely distributed ‘carrot’ family

     
  • Species of the day: Sparrowhawk

    20 June 2020

    Species of the day: Sparrowhawk

    There can be few birds that portray a more spellbinding intensity than a Sparrowhawk, one of our mightiest aerial ambush predators

     
  • Species of the day: Cockchafer

    18 June 2020

    Species of the day: Cockchafer

    The bumbling Cockchafer is a rather amusing member of a family held as sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, the Scarab Beetles

     
  • Species of the Day: Round-headed Rampion

    16 June 2020

    Species of the Day: Round-headed Rampion

    Today is ‘Sussex Day’ - a chance for the residents of this historic county to celebrate its rich heritage. Known as the ‘Pride of Sussex’ the splendid Round-headed Rampion is the official county flower

     
  • Nightingale - Bird Song

    15 June 2020

    Nightingale - Bird Song

    The glorious Nightingale has a reputation for song like no other. There are probably very few species with a more prodigious claim to world’s greatest songster

     
  • Species of the day: Common Shrew

    14 June 2020

    Species of the day: Common Shrew

    The Common Shrew may be tiny, but don’t let that fool you for they’re one of our most voracious predators, a fierce ball of unstoppable energy

     
  • Species of the day: Common Frog

    12 June 2020

    Species of the day: Common Frog

    The charismatic and much-loved Common Frog is ​without doubt the most recognisable British amphibian, an unmistakable inhabitant of town and country, upland and lowland