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One of naturestimeline’s core business objectives – Freelancing

A quick blog of perhaps several to highlight where and how I intend naturestimeline to develop over the coming months and years from a business sense and also from an educational viewpoint.

My working background

Freelance Professional – Short-term contract worker offering Bird Surveys/Desk Research/Work from Home Office services


Visiting Researcher and professional Ornithologist/Field Surveyor


Undertake ad hoc visits to clients who need any of the following tasks completed in relation to assessing the natural environment.


  • Have the ability to detect the presence of any birds and other wildlife residing on their land. I am well known for my skills in identifying birds through their calls and songs. I have been practising natural sound recordings for more than 25 years.


  • Provide an evidence base comprised of abundance and distribution of all bird species and or other wildlife making use of their land. I have been undertaking such studies for many years both in a voluntary capacity and in paid positions for repeat clients since 2014. 


  • Visit as many times as deemed necessary and provide datasets which gather enough information to provide an excellent evidence base. The landowner can then choose whether he or she acts on produced evidence to enhance his or her landholdings for the wildlife.


  • Provide a detailed systematic analysis of my findings via spreadsheets and associated reporting services. Examples can be made available through direct contact via my Facebook details or email.


  • Where appropriate, in my own time, I will also input these findings onto the British Trust for Ornithology’s BirdTrack system. In doing this, I hopefully provide the BTO research scientists with further evidence to add to their existing knowledge base which they can act on in the name of conservation.



See you next time.


Best Wishes

Tony Powell





naturestimeline Education services – “A conservation professional sharing his personal perspective on breaking news stories from the world of nature alongside his own accounts from the field.”


Nature Blogging: Why Bother?

Another personal LinkedIn connection and another of those folk given the title of a Conservation “Young Gun” back end of last year. This post resonated with me, and I’m sure it will with many others. Why bother? Noting all that wildlife for what purpose? What good does it do in telling others about your passions as a conservationist, a blogger, a naturalist? If you enjoy what you do, then stick with your passions, life will become very boring for you the moment you give up on them. Stand Up for Nature! Over to you, James Common and Nature Blogging: Why Bother?

James common

One of the most common questions raised whenever someone stumbles across this blog, particularly from those of a non-environmental background is: why bother? Surely it takes up too much time, provides very little in the way of a reward and is generally rather tedious. A good question actually, though one I struggle to answer on a regular basis, the issue broached equally as often by nature-lovers, many of whom appear baffled by the notion of writing about wildlife, as opposed to watching it in the field 24/7. Well, I do, in fact, spent a great deal of time watching wildlife. As well as writing about it. Though such conversations have indeed caused me to ponder, let’s say, just why I dedicate so much time to blogging about nature. And, for that matter, aspire to one day make a living from amalgamating words and wildlife.


Nature blogging, for me, is a mode…

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Maintaining diversity in the countryside. Guest blog by Tony Powell

Courtesy of a fellow LinkedIn connection, Ben Eagle, I would like to highlight a recent guest post I made on his blog at thinkingcountry dot com
It’s entitled “Maintaining diversity in the countryside”.

Ben’s blog is well worth subscribing to, in my opinion, as he covers a great many topics relating to farming, wildlife and conservation matters. After all, he was also one of my original Conservation “Young Guns” to look out for in 2016.


Here is another guest post written in the light of Brexit (and in this case, the recent State of Nature report as well). Tony Powell is a wildlife surveyor (principally birds) and researcher and runs the naturestimeline website. He has previously volunteered for many organisations including the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Woodland Trust, the British Trust for Ornithology, The Wildlife Trusts, Butterfly Conservation and currently volunteers for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. In his article Tony reminds us how the farming community has a huge role to play in achieving positive conservation results in the countryside.


Partridge and Pheasant rear and release sites are very much part of the UK landscape. Collectively, these enterprises have planted tens of thousands of acres of woodland over many decades. Woodland, when managed in such a way, boosts the productivity of woodland ground-nesting bird species alongside that of the shoot. Often…

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