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More Marlborough Badgers

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After a very cold day in Southern England, we had travelled to Marlborough, and put down our camera-trap to see whether the badgers were...
1) still there, and 2) coming out in the cold, wintery nights.

As it turned out, the badgers were definitely still there, and still very active. We were in for a treat when we went to collect the camera-trap the next morning.

The badgers first appeared at just after 20:00. It seems the first individual was very interested in what the new, strange contraption was by its sett, so came to have a look:


The badger then knocked the camera-trap, so unfortunately it was now facing down at the ground. But we still continued to catch the badgers going about their business at the top of the frame. The badger was still very interested in the camera-trap, and continued investigating at various times between 21:00 and 02:50. 



Interestingly, the camera-trap wasn't triggered a lot during this time period, so the badger must have been feeding elsewhere, occasionall…

Conservation: Sierra del Divisor National Park

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I don't usually write about conservation news on this blog, but I would like to share this particular success. On the 8th November, the Peruvian Prime Minister confirmed the protection of 3.3 million acres of Amazon rainforest in a massive national park, bigger than Yosemite and Yellowstone combined. What's more, this new national park is the final link in a 67 million acre conservation corridor through the Amazonian rainforest.

The park will provide protection for many endangered species, such as the Jaguar and Tapir, and indigenous tribes. The whole area has one of the highest densities of primates in the Amazon, and to add to the long list of benefits, it also holds around 1 billion tons of carbon.

The effort to protect this area has been years in the making. Many different organisations from all over the world have been contributing to the effort, and pushing for the park's protection. These include the Rainforest Trust, CEDIA, The Nature Conservancy, and the Peruvian Na…

Garden Birds Flock to Papercourt

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The morning after Halloween was a cold one in Surrey. A thick mist hung over the fields, creating an almost eerie morning atmosphere. Perfect weather to go exploring wildlife! So we got winter clothes back out, wrapped up (moderately) warm, and set off to Papercourt to see what was around to greet us at the start of the new month.

November is the time of year when all the winter visitors either have or are going to return to our shores from their summer homes. Its an exiting time of year for most, so we headed off to see if anything interesting had made its home in the marshes.
Almost as soon as we had stepped foot in the reserve, we were greeted by a very friendly robin. It sat a few bushes down the path, and gradually came closer and closer. Soon it was sat within reach of me, posing for my camera. What a great way to start!


As we continued on round, we surprisingly didn't come across too much more inside the reserve itself. We saw flashes of pheasant and heard some birdsong but it…