Wet Cold Australian Winter

What people tell you about the Australian climate is that it’s very very hot. What they don’t tell you is that in Winter it can get really quite cold and miserable, especially in the southeast. We escaped Sydney (I’ll come back and finish Tassie at a later date) just as the weather was closing in … Continue reading Wet Cold Australian Winter

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We’re Going to Cradle Mountain!

<<<Part Two It was a shame to get up and leave our lovely AirBnB so early, as the surrounding gardens were wonderful; there was a flowering tree just outside our window covered in nectaring birds, including the Tasmanian endemic yellow wattlebird. But we were going on an adventure, and had to make the most of … Continue reading We’re Going to Cradle Mountain!

The Tasmania Chronicles – Part One: Cradle to Coast

I’ve just returned to Sydney after two weeks travelling around Tasmania, and I found that there were so many things to do and see that I couldn’t find the time to blog whilst I was out there, and there is no way I can fit everything we did do and see into a single blog. … Continue reading The Tasmania Chronicles – Part One: Cradle to Coast

A Brexit Death Sentence for Grey Squirrels and Muntjac Deer?

A recent article in the Independent suggests that as a direct result of Brexit, it will no longer be legal to rehabilitate and release grey squirrels and muntjac deer. This change in regulations means that any rescued individuals will have to be euthanised. This is not always the case under current regulations, as at the … Continue reading A Brexit Death Sentence for Grey Squirrels and Muntjac Deer?

The Effects of Maternal Stress on Zebrafish and their Offspring

When an animal is exposed to a stress, it produces hormones that elevate its blood pressure, allowing it to quickly respond in a "fight-or-flight" scenario. When these hormones are produced in a pregnant female, they can be transferred to the foetus, changing the environment in which the embryo develops, therefore causing physiological and behavioural changes … Continue reading The Effects of Maternal Stress on Zebrafish and their Offspring

Snow – Perfect Weather for Wildlife Watching

With Christmas just around the corner, and the UK having its first snow of the season this weekend (although it was torrential rain for most!), I thought now would be the perfect time to write about the weather that excites me the most. I've always been fascinated by snow. As a child, the sight of … Continue reading Snow – Perfect Weather for Wildlife Watching