Local wildlife patch reporters

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Follow 20 natural-history enthusiasts as they explore and report on wildlife in their surrounding area.  

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Follow 20 natural-history enthusiasts as they explore and report on wildlife in their surrounding area.

The local wildlife patch reporters featured below are all documenting their wildlife year in 2014.

They are UK-based natural-history enthusiasts that are blogging about exploring nature in their neighbourhood.

The group have a wide range of exciting interests, including observing, recording, photographing, painting, filming and even rescuing wildlife. 

Find out more about each of the local patch reporters: Gill BrownZoe CheadleBilly ClarkeRichard ComontBen DolphinSara FrostRobert FullerJacksonSam HobsonSarah HookwaySally HubandJennifer HuntHelen MillerJack Perks, Jonathan ProudDuncan RichardsonDebbie, Andy, Amelia and Alex

Gill Brown, North Somerset

Local nature patch: Land Yeo Valley, Towerhouse Wood, North Somerset Moors and Cadbury Camp

I co-ordinate an otter group, which surveys and monitors the otter population in North Somerset. I am also a licensed dormouse worker and monitor two sites for the National Dormouse Monitoring Project. 

Wildlife aims for 2014: Be more disciplined with my wildlife recording, see more of our native butterfly species and turn my garden into a haven for pollinators. 

Read Gill’s blog

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Zoe Cheadle, Staffordshire

Local nature patch: Apedale Country Park, Silverdale Country Park and Westport Lake

I received a camera-trap last Christmas and I have used this to find out more about wildlife. I am a member of the RSPB and enjoy exploring nature reserves close to my home and further afield. 

Wildlife aims for 2014: Join a local bat group, wake up early to hear the dawn chorus, observe a red deer rut and photograph a kingfisher. 

Read Zoe’s blog

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Billy Clarke, Buckinghamshire

Local nature patch: Sydlings Copse and Bernwood Meadows

Since 2010 I have been running a wildlife ambulance service in the local area called Oakley Animal Rescue. I also am passionate about wildlife film-making.

Wildlife aims for 2014: See how foxes and badgers near my home interact with one another, capture footage of hares boxing and bioblitz a section of meadow in the summer.

Read Billy’s blog

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Richard Comont, Oxfordshire

Local nature patch: Sutton Courtenay and Radley Lakes

I’m interested in biological recording, particularly of invertebrates, and have recently started working for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Wildlife aims for 2014: Take part in the ‘1000 species in a 1km square’ challenge. I have my 1km square marked out around my house, but have set myself the challenge of finding 1000 species just in my house and garden. 

Read Richard’s blog. 

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Ben Dolphin, Fife

Local nature patch: Lomond Hills Regional Park and Kinross

I’m a seasonal assistant ranger with West Lothian Council and love being able to educate people, especially children, about the wonderful things around them. I also carry out wildlife surveys.

Wildlife aims for 2014: I saw ospreys for the first time last year and would like to see more again this year. I’d also like to take some photos of short-eared owls as I only see them when I don’t have a camera on me! 

Read Ben’s blog. 

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Sara Frost, west coast of Scotland

Local nature patch: Seil Island

I enjoy nature writing and wildlife film-making. I’m currently creating and presenting a 15-minute film called Wild Islands, which is about the variety of wildlife in the Inner Hebrides. 

Wildlife aims for 2014: Carry out monthly cetacean surveys on board the King Seaways in the North Sea during the summer and set up a camera-trap in my garden to try and record pine martens. 

Read Sara’s blog. 

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Robert Fuller, North Yorkshire

Local nature patch: Yorkshire Wolds

I’m a wildlife artist that studies, photographs and films a wide variety of species in my local patch and further afield to use as reference material for my paintings.

Wildlife aims for 2014: See adders at a nearby common, encourage long-tailed tits to nest outside my studio window, monitor barn owls and photograph kingfishers. 

Read Robert’s blog. 

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Jackson, Hampshire

I have always been interested in birds and wildlife and am lucky enough to live opposite an ancient woodland. I got a camera-trap for my birthday and love capturing images of local species. I also like visiting museums and going fossil hunting. 

Wildlife aims for 2014: Record more local wildlife on camera as so far I only have footage of birds, squirrels and deer. I also want to get to know my local nature patch better. 

Read Jackson’s blog. 

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Sam Hobson, Bristol

Local nature patch: Bristol city centre

I am a wildlife photographer and film-maker and I run a visible migration study and raptor watch group from Cabot Tower in the autumn. 

Wildlife aims for 2014: To write about discovery and adventure on my doorstep and show how the wildlife knowledge I gain locally can be taken with me when I head out into the wilds.

Read Sam’s blog

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Sarah Hookway, Norwich

Local nature patch: Strumpshaw Fen, Bacton Woods and Foxley Wood

I am a science teacher at a secondary school and I record and sketch the wildlife I see in a diary. 

Wildlife aims for 2014: I have an exciting schedule of nature activities organised this year to inspire the pupils I teach, including monitoring a nestbox and camera and running a nature tracking and identification class. 

Read Sarah’s blog. 

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Sally Huband, Shetland

Local nature patch: Shetland

I have a PhD on the butterflies of Carpathian hay meadows and often go beachcombing for washed up treasures from the natural world. 

Wildlife aims for 2014: Improve my bird identification skills, learn to sea kayak to get close to marine wildlife and plan trips to see orcas and the bright orange bumblebee (endemic to Shetland). 

Read Sally’s blog. 

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Jennifer Hunt, Dorset

Local nature patch: West Dorset, including the Jurassic Coast

I have been runner-up twice in the BBC Wildlife Magazine Nature Writer of the Year competition (2011 and 2013). I also enjoy sketching finds from the beach and countryside. 

Wildlife aims for 2014: I would like to make regular observations of a stretch of coastline, noting the types of shells, seaweed and plants found at different times to establish whether there is a pattern dependent on weather, tides and seasons.

Read Jenny’s blog. 

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Helen Miller, Hertfordshire

Local wildlife patch: Hitchin and Letchworth Garden City

I have recently moved to this area and enjoy observing wildlife. I also sketch and paint species and the countryside.

Wildlife aims for 2014: Spot the little egret that has been seen on the River Hiz and barn owls in the fields around Pirton. I’d also like to find common spotted orchids and wild clematis on the Chiltern Hills.

Read Helen’s blog. 

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Jack Perks, Nottingham

Local wildlife patch: Fairham Brook

I am a wildlife photographer and conservationist. I volunteer for several organisations by conducting surveys and recording my sightings. 

Wildlife aims for 2014: Hope to film all freshwater fish species in the UK and would like to visit the Farne Islands to photograph puffins underwater. 

Read Jack’s blog. 

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Jonathan Proud, Yorkshire

Local wildlife patch: Allerthorpe Common

I join Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT) volunteer workdays across East Yorkshire and help the Tansy Beetle Action Group (TBAG) by growing and planting tansy plants. 

Wildlife aims for 2014: To take better photos of badgers, brown hares, foxes, roe deer, otters and water voles. 

Read Jonathan’s blog. 

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Duncan Richardson, Newport

Local wildlife patch: My garden and surrounding area

I monitor hedgehogs in my garden very closely. Last year, I counted 32 individuals. 

Wildlife aims for 2014: Continue to monitor hedgehogs. I’m also a keen moth trapper and would like to try and beat my previous total of 310 species.

Read Duncan’s blog. 

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Debbie, Andy, Amelia and Alex, Oxfordshire

Observing and learning about the habits of wildlife near our home. 

Wildlife aims for 2014: To make the most of our new time-lapse camera and bird box cameras and take pictures of the owls we hear, but rarely see. 

Read their blog. 

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