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Re: Wildlife at Wollaton, A mesmerising Brighton murmuration

Postby georgiebray » Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:02 am

Last week I took a visit to Brighton to see a few friends, and was lucky enough to catch the Starling murmuration from the pier. I was fascinated to see this phenomena as anyone should so took some shots of it while I could!
Take a read to find out what I found about these murmurations. While it is still largely disputed why these swarms occur, some amazing recent research has managed to uncover evidence to suggest who may be in charge in these highly coordinated performances!

Thanks!
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Re: Wildlife at Wollaton

Postby georgiebray » Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:48 pm

So I have been rather quiet over the last few weeks, putting together a video from the last few months of footage I have gathered from Nottingham. I had so much fun making it, and I hope you have as much fun watching it with the few surprises I have edited in (not your normal wildlife video I promise you!)

Thanks a lot, and thank you to Fat Freddy's Drop for the music, and to the wonderful wildlife who helped create it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADz7l6678zM&feature=youtu.be
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Re: Wildlife at Wollaton

Postby georgiebray » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:25 pm

Last week I took a visit to the university lake where I met a Great Cormorant. His face looked like the cross between that of a dinosaur and a gnarly troll. Given that previous description, it seems impossible for me to like this bird, but given his crafty and wily nature, his phenomenal resilience, and incredible hunting skills I could not help but enjoy the company of this prehistoric animal.

http://georgiebray.blogspot.co.uk/2016/ ... orant.html
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Re: Wildlife at Wollaton

Postby georgiebray » Sun Feb 28, 2016 1:36 am

As a third year student at The University of Nottingham, me and a few other fantastic people have been studying the impact of human disturbance on the breeding of the European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus). In the summer of 2015 we surveyed the recreational trail usage in the forest, the wildlife abundance, and breeding success of the nightjar. The surveying of the trails was carried out by myself and a masters student Jack Rayner under the supervision of Dr. Kate Durrant, while the monitoring of nightjar breeding was led by the Birklands Ringing Group. After carrying out a lot of statistics this winter, we have found out some fantastic things about the nightjar, and how their ecology is changing as a result of the human disturbance occuring in the forest.
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Re: Wildlife at Wollaton

Postby georgiebray » Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:47 pm

Today the sun was shining, and having spent the last few weeks shut away, slaving over a dissertation, I decided it fit to take a stroll to see what the university lake had on offer. I was utterly thrilled with what I saw. The first of the chicks for this year was pottering around the shallows, the lesser black-headed gulls were dancing like fighter planes in the wind, and the swans seemed like they had mastered the technique in gaining every ounce of respect from their peers – well most of them had it sussed anyway.

Take a read for more on my lovely afternoon.

http://georgiebray.blogspot.co.uk/2016/ ... ip-to.html

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Re: Wildlife at Wollaton

Postby georgiebray » Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:26 pm

The snow has been falling, the wind blowing, and the rain pouring down onto Nottingham - of course this can only mean its spring. It has been a while since I took a visit to the university lake, and despite the recent strange weather, it is like somebody has waved a wand over the lake, transforming it while I have been home for Easter. The black headed gulls that were so numerous have vanished and taken with them the grey and drab cloth that swamped us over winter. In every corner of the lake a nest has risen out of the water to host a coot family that is soon to arrive. Some new arrivals on the lake who looked like something crafted by the devil himself, and a slightly older friend from last term I was a delight to meet again too. Everything is happening on the lake, and I can’t wait to see what may happen next!
go to my blog to read my full account of my trip to the lake yesterday... thanks!
http://georgiebray.blogspot.co.uk/2016/ ... ently.html
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Re: Wildlife at Wollaton

Postby georgiebray » Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:05 am

A few shots of a very beautiful morning visiting the Red Deer again. That gold dust glow coming from the morning mist will never get old!
http://georgiebray.blogspot.co.uk/2016/ ... -deer.html
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Re: Georgie's Wildlife Blog

Postby georgiebray » Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:07 pm

I have spent a while having a spruce up of my blogging website here and added a new page for my photography.
Please do have a browse of my work, or have a read on the latest in Red Deer conservation across Europe - there's more to it than would first meet the eye!

https://georgieswilldlifeblog.wordpress.com/
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Re: Georgie's Wildlife Blog

Postby georgiebray » Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:33 pm

In my spare time I enjoy writing articles for the University of Nottingham magazine, Impact and here is the most recent article on really quite a sad story...
One of Nottinghamshire's most important nature reserves Mission Carr is going to be accompanied by drilling exploration within 125m of its borders, and with the view to look for fracking opportunities in this area.
As you can imagine, this may have some horrendous consequences for the local wildlife, and I have written about the possible consequences here:
http://www.impactnottingham.com/2016/11 ... e-reserve/
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Re: Georgie's Wildlife Blog: Bird Ringing

Postby georgiebray » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:05 pm

I have been very lucky this year to go out ringing (mist netting to catch birds for surveying and monitoring) with a local ringing group in Nottinghamshire.
Spurred by my recent outing to the Lincolnshire coast, I have written a short piece on whether bird ringing is useful in conservation. I promise I have tried to be as unbiased as possible to voice the different opinions on this matter.

Hope you find it interesting! Thank you
Here's a picture of a redwing we caught to brighten up the post
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