Hazel Dormouse: Jack in the Box

The last time we wrote about the hazel dormouse was this time last year, just as the UK ecology season was drawing to a close. You can check out that post here. Now, we’re at that time again and we’re not quite sure where the year has gone. In fact, we’ve just made our annual…

Fantastic Mr. Fox

At the Bottom of the Garden Although Emma and I enjoy going on the hunt to find wildlife, sometimes wildlife just comes to us. In a previous blog post we shared our experience of finding a green woodpecker at the bottom of the garden and then a later experience meeting his family (see here and here). Our…

Rhesus Macaques of Swayambhunath Stupa, Nepal

The Location Once again, Emma and I made a brief stop-off at a new and exciting location. On this occasion while making the big trip from NZ to the UK, we touched down in Kathmandu, Nepal. Although we met numerous kind and welcoming people, tried an array of scrummy food items, and visited many sacred…

The Horsfield’s Tarsier: The Only Species Found in Borneo & Sumatra

Finding Tarsiers in the Jungle Every night during our stay at Danau Girang Field Centre in Borneo (read about our stay here), we went out into the jungle and explored. We took the following photos over three nights in different locations of three individuals. We couldn’t believe the luck we had in finding them! From…

Orangutans of Borneo: An Encounter with a Flanged Male

On our first morning in the rainforest at Danau Girang Field Centre, nestled on the Lower Kinabatangan river in Borneo, we were woken by the people of the forest. We watched a female orangutan and her baby move through the trees in the morning light. You can read our post about this experience here. In the…

Orangutans of Borneo: Woken by the People of the Forest

The rainforest never truly sleeps.  When one group of animals finishes their shift, they are instantly replaced by a suite of other unimaginably unique and noisy creatures. After a night full of frogs croaking, geckos chit-chatting, insects buzzing and owls screeching,  first light began to filter through the trees. Lying in bed, we could hear…

The Hazel Dormouse AKA ”The Sleepy One”

Oh, To Sleep! With the number of dusk and dawn bat surveys we’ve undertaken this season approaching 200 between us, it is refreshing to survey dormice once in a while. It seems especially fitting as we have come to identify with the etymology of the word ‘dormouse’ which some sources reckon comes from the Old…

Red Squirrels on Brownsea Island

For some time now, we’ve been meaning to visit the remnant population of native red squirrels on Brownsea Island here in England. Last week, the opportunity finally arrived when a number of bat surveys came up in Poole, the town’s harbour in which Brownsea Island is located. Getting to Brownsea Island During the day between…