Ongoing Research – slowly building up the knowledge base!

For those who might have missed this, I’ll reblog this article here. On my way to fulfilling my mission statement. “birding through the seasons, why birds matter and how to conserve them”.


As of this afternoon, I have completed a first stage of many by documenting my scanned (poorly) handwritten notes for a personal research project I have in mind. An example from one of the 184 notes I have uploaded in recent days is shown below.

*be prepared for a geek moment

Doxie 0240 example - Yellow Wagtail 1 Doxie scanned example of handwritten notes – Yellow Wagtail 1

I have also tagged them within Evernote with various wordings for later referencing. For those of you who don’t know what Evernote is, it is a digital note-taking software package and is available with both offline and online versions. Below is an example screen grab of my current Evernote setup for the purposes of this Bird Research Project.

Evernote setup screen grab example - Yellow Wagtail 1 Evernote setup screen grab example – Yellow Wagtail 1

I may eventually try to find a way of incorporating this growing evidence base of notes of viable conservation measures onto 

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Conservation “Young Guns” to look out for in 2016 – a cross-post from LinkedIn

As a fortysomething, I cannot claim to be a “Young Gun”, yet these guys and gals show maturity beyond their years. Find out more below.


Conservation “Young Guns” to look out for in 2016 by Tony Powell



I have replicated below as shown for those of you not on LinkedIn.


As a fortysomething, I cannot claim to be a “Young Gun”, yet these guys and gals show maturity beyond their years. The messages they promote via their Social Media channels should be listened to. They are the future.

So in no particular order, I bring you the following.

Ben Eagle and his “thinkingcountry” blog

This past year I especially liked his “Exploring the Ethics of Conservation and Farming” post and his reblog of Peter Cooper’s “One of the most depressing things about conservation? How Middle-class it all is.” blog.

James Common and his blog “common by nature”


A couple of my favourites of his were “A Summer on a Scottish Grouse Estate” and James’s “Personal blog, personal opinions.” posting.

Next up, Elliot Dowding with “Wildlife and Words”.


Do check out his Birding with John series, although I especially liked this 2015 blog post, “What does nature mean to me?“.

Now one of the aspiring young ladies by the name of Annabelle Southand her blog goes by the name of “Wild South”.


During 2015 I particularly liked her “WILD SOUTH’S SECOND FORAY INTO RETAIL” blog and her “SUMO DORMOUSE” post.

Another young lady you have to admire is Laura James and her “lauras ecology on the go” blog.


One of the 2015 highlights for me from her blog was “The Aliens are Coming!!!“.

Last but not least, I bring you Falko Buschke and “The Solitary Ecologist”.

My favourite from 2015 of his had to be the “Conservationists must realise that farmers are central to conserving nature” blog post.

I am well aware of a number of other contenders who are progressing up through the ranks via those fantastic research bodies and universities alike. However, suffice to say, I commend you all, as right now the conservation movement needs all the help it can get.

Kind Regards and Happy New Year, all the best wishes for 2016 and beyond.


Tony Powell


*For the record I am not currently affiliated with any of the persons mentioned above and are simply to be regarded as highly valued friends and connections.


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A Christmas Robin with a spring in its step, not least its voice! And just why might that be.

Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year from Tony Powell and


Of late, I’ve heard song from Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Robins, Mistle Thrushes, Great Tits and Coal Tits and probably a couple more I haven’t mentioned. Why?

Perhaps this pre-Christmas Davis weather station graph might help guide you towards an answer.



Yes, the unseasonable Temperatures aren’t helping our bird’s natural processes of late, least not, nature in general is pretty confused. The minimum Temperatures as illustrated by the chart below don’t help things much either. You’ll note that I am yet to register a single Air Frost in December. Once again, the blue line (in this case, maroon) represents the approximate average conditions expected in any given year.



Now time for some Christmas cheer. Voted No.1 in David Lindo’s UK’s Favourite Bird survey, as promised, here is our Christmas Robin.


Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year from Tony Powell and




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