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LOst Words
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Exploring thE Lost Words of Dorset Through the winter I’ve been working with The Lost Words Dorset, leading workshops in primary schools across the county. Drawing inspiration from The Lost Words book by Jackie Morris & Robert Macfarlane we’ve been enjoying the once-common ‘nature’ words –  from acorn and conker, to starling and wren – that were dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary.  And despite our exploration being […]

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Tit
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Wow, what a year of Wildlife Wonder with school children, community groups and even music festivals – here are just a few of my wild highlights of 2018.             Photographing and enjoying the wild sounds of singing dipper,  rutting deer,  spawning toads and courting grebes.      The summer had a musical […]

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Tree 2019
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The new year or start of term is a great time to explore seasonal change with pupils. It could be a dandelion through a day or week to discover how their clocks form, the seasonal change of a wild patch or meadow through a month,  or a year in the life of a deciduous tree. As part of […]

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wwg-eco
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A unique year-long study of local nature by thousands of children from 25 schools, Wildlife Wonder Gloucestershire culminated in a stunning school exhibition and Eco-Summit at the wonderful Museum in the Park. To launch the exhibition, pupil representatives and teachers attended an Eco-Summit to share their wild experiences and learn from each other. Such an inspiring day, everyone engaged in the vibrant pupil-led learning, […]

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Child Photo 3 x2
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Wth schools out for the summer, it gives me a chance to enjoy highlights of the year so far, work on future projects – not least of which is the huge Wildlife Wonder Gloucestershire exhibition & Eco-Summit in September. And time to recharge! Can’t believed that so far in 2016 I’ve led over fifty school Wildlife Wonder sessions, involving 5000 children in […]

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Blue 3x2
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Just 15 minutes walk from Sapperton School, the slopes of Daneway Banks are carpeted in orchids, herbs, grasses and flowers of all colours. A special location for so much wildlife, this Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust reserve is home the the rare (and once extinct in UK) large blue butterfly. I have explored the local area with the school […]

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Child2
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30DaysWild  –  Daily Blog June 2016 Wildlife Wonder is delighted to be an ambassador for 30DaysWild    Spending time outdoors is so important for our health, happiness, creativity and connection to the natural world.  Through June we will be getting wild every day with children, schools, community groups and adults, from Cornwall to London. Discovering butterflies and water voles, enjoying creative observation and photography, engaging thousands of people through […]

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Vole16m
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With the arrival of warmer weather, I’ve been treated to some gorgeous views of my local  water voles in recent days. Early spring is an apprehensive time, when I discover how the voles fared over the winter. Though they don’t hibernate, the voles are much less visible in winter and the population will greatly reduce through predation and poorer feeding. This year the high river levels have been […]

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Kingvfisher 2016
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Far from hibernating, I’ve been out enjoying a diverse winter of wonder – photographing wildlife and working with schools, community groups and the future faces of conservation. In January I lead a photography training day for Wildlife Skills trainees from Devon, Dorset, Somerset & Wiltshire Wildlife Trusts. An amazing programme and always such an inspiring group  – exploring Langford Lakes in Wiltshire with the conservation trainees […]

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WWDS1
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Nodding cranes, drops of snow and reflections in meltwater – beautiful observation, exquisite detail and photographic art of the wild by children of Abbots Langley Primary school. As part of the the multi-school WildWonder@Herts project, Abbots Langley pupils have been discovering and photographing the stunning snowdrop wild wonder in their local churchyard. Despite freezing temperatures and snowfall, the children’s […]

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