Monday, 19 January 2015


I haven't written a post in a while, nor for the new year, but that's mainly due to college work keeping me busy.

Today I went to an interview for a three week work placement at Moors Valley Country Park as part of my course. Things have slowed down a bit since starting college, and as much as I'd like to write about what I've been doing there - and that's quite a lot since September, with assignments and I.D Tests and so forth - again I just don't have the time. I can say I'm enjoying working on an investigative project, which forms the basis of the course and without which I can't pass. It's a student lead project, and I've decided to do an ethno/archaeobotany themed report/poster project. I'll probably post it when it's finished.

Aside from this, not much has happened in the way of traditional skills or anything of that sort. Mostly practical work has taken a back-seat to academic work. I am however doing conservation practicals every week.

Last year was such a busy year, but I don't expect I'll have much time to post here in 2015. I may do a monthly report.


Saturday, 20 December 2014

LEAF Project Channel

A few changes to the design of the LEAF channel and a new trailer video.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Moved to Dorset

Moved from Hampshire to Dorset last night. In a nice area covered in trees, mostly pines, which gives the road its name of Pinehurst I believe. The place has an almost Scottish vibe, what with the conifers and place names such as Pinehurst, Westmoors and Ferndown. Many new places to explore, such as the New Forest, Holt Heath National Nature Reserve, Moors Valley Countrypark, etc.

View from my window

In the garden

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Return to Scotland (15th-18th)

Day 1
Flight to Scotland

Over Scotland's blue mountains

Eilean Donan Castle at night

Day 2

Dunollie Hotel and Broadford Bay

View of Loch Hourn and Beinn Sgritheall (left of screen) on the Kinloch Forest/Leiter Fura trail in the south of Skye

Walk to Leiter Fura historic township in the sunshine

The Cuillin

Inside Dun Beag and The Cuillin range from afar 

Dun Beag Iron Age Broch

The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Waterfall and Stream

Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock

Day 3
Kenmore Club in Autumn

Loch Tay Crannog Centre (closed)

The Falls of Dochart in Beautiful Killin

Inverness at Night

Monday, 10 November 2014

New Project: L.E.A.F

I've decided to start a small project.

The Landscapes and Environmental Ambient Field-Recordings project celebrates the aesthetic details large and small and the myriad sounds of the natural world. LEAF at its core is devoted to atmosphere, ambience and appreciation of the quiet observation. From the chilling tundra winds to bubbling woodland streams to the chattering of busy townsfolk, this channel explores the often ignored sounds of the natural world. From a visual perspective, LEAF tries to capture the aesthetic details of the natural and “digital world" to create a deep sense of immersion.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Sparsholt College

Started Sparsholt Level 3 Diploma in Conservation and Wildlife Management.

*Sparsholt College.Week 2 - Ditch clearance at Mottisfont woods as part of the Estate Skills unit. Two weeks in and already gaining more valuable experience in great places (19th September)*

23rd September: Three weeks into Sparsholt Conservation and Wildlife Management course and thoroughly enjoying it. It balances valuable practical work with quite rigorous theory in places.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Secrets of the Heath Day 2

Day 2. The last day of the event was great, with much improved weather, but the start of the day was particularly good because I got to listen to Will Lord speak for about 15 minutes just before the Heath event started. At the end he rather generously gave me the top quality arrowhead he made in that time to me. When everyone else had left I of course expressed my gratitude and thanked him for the talk, which was about much more than just flint knapping, but perception of prehistoric reenactors, hunting, understanding nature, primitive man and more. Day 2 was much the same as the first, though I done a lot more paddling in the Eurybia. I did take some time out to go and see the Amphibian and Reptile conservation area and had a chat with a few of the volunteers there. I held a toad and slow worm. I wanted to hold the grass snake, but I didn't have time. So that's the Secrets of the Heath event over. It was an incredible two days.