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Katie's British Wildlife Blog

Postby Kate Piercy » Fri May 12, 2017 5:16 pm

My name is Katie and this year I'm turning 30. To celebrate I'm spending 2017 ticking off items on my bucket list, including visiting amazing wild places and seeing fasinating new species. Below I've posted the first wildlife adventure I had this year where I was lucky enough to enjoy the beauty of a starling murmuration. Hope you like reading about it as much as I enjoyed watching it
https://ayearoffirstsblog.wordpress.com ... ed-murmur/
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Something old, something new

Postby Kate Piercy » Mon May 15, 2017 4:51 pm

I have a great love of trees, and particularly the old gnarly giants which have survived civil wars, great clearances and centuries of man's reckless behaviour. Below is my blog about visiting one particularly impressive yew. https://ayearoffirstsblog.wordpress.com ... -time-ago/
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Visiting a Cheshire Mere

Postby Kate Piercy » Mon May 15, 2017 8:43 pm

Mere's are relicts from our Ice Age past and today offer shelter for diverse wildlife from otters to dragonflies. I decided to visit my local mere to see what all the fuss was about.

https://ayearoffirstsblog.wordpress.com ... /bar-mere/
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The Cotswolds

Postby Kate Piercy » Mon May 15, 2017 9:35 pm

It's always interesting to understand why wildlife thrives in certain areas. More often than not geology and history have a big part to play as I found out on my trip to the Cotswolds.

https://ayearoffirstsblog.wordpress.com ... cotswolds/
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In search of the wild daffodil

Postby Kate Piercy » Thu May 18, 2017 10:45 pm

Today daffodils are simply another garden flower, but once they were a common hedgerow bloom. So where did all the daffodils go?
https://ayearoffirstsblog.wordpress.com ... -daffodil/
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How not to find an adder

Postby Kate Piercy » Thu May 18, 2017 10:53 pm

Wildlife spotting isn't always as easy as it seems. But sometimes not finding something can be just as exciting as finding it. https://ayearoffirstsblog.wordpress.com ... un-trying/
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Searching for the Snake's head Fritillary

Postby Kate Piercy » Tue May 23, 2017 11:05 pm

The snake's head fritillary is one of our most beautiful wildflowers. I visited one of the few meadows where this rare plant still thrives today to get a closer look. https://ayearoffirstsblog.wordpress.com ... tillaries/
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Ireland's Turloughs

Postby Kate Piercy » Tue May 23, 2017 11:12 pm

A great mystery can be found in western Ireland; the mystery of the vanishing lakes. Ancient and unique the turlough provide a refuge for wildlife and an amazing insight into an underground world. I visited Ireland to find out more. https://ayearoffirstsblog.wordpress.com ... ing-lakes/
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The clubtail dragonfly hunt

Postby Kate Piercy » Sat May 27, 2017 11:10 am

Beautiful, illusive and in danger of being lost if we don't take more care of our rivers, the clubtail dragonfly is an insect worth tracking down. https://ayearoffirstsblog.wordpress.com ... nfly-hunt/
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Visiting the Farne Islands

Postby Kate Piercy » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:04 pm

Who wouldn't love a puffin? Cute, comical and by far one of our most attractive birds they're well worth a trek to see. Yet it's not just these loveable characters that make the Farne Islands worth a visit. https://ayearoffirstsblog.wordpress.com ... arne-away/
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