Thursday, 26 March 2015

New Vlog Series: Ecology and Conservation (1)

March 26th 2015

After a long break from making videos, I've decided to try to document my progress on my ecology and conservation course, as well as other things relating to nature. I haven't posted a video in a long time and a lot has happened since, so I thought I might at least make a few short videos.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Investigative Project, Oxford NH Museum & Creag Meagaidh

Starting this diploma really has halted essentially all of my hobbies, but I'm learning a lot. It's surprisingly intensive. Here's my Investigative Project done for the course. This project is the pivotal assignment upon which everything else depends. I would've spent more time on it, but I think it's pretty good considering how many other assignments I've had to tackle as well.



Went to Oxford's Natural History Museum with the college. Great atmosphere, and plenty of exhibits, of course. I actually enjoyed this museum more than London's because it's easier to navigate and is also far less busy, allowing people to explore at their leisure. Particularly liked the chronological display they had on the evolution of life. I focused mainly on reading up on the evolution of plants. A good number of fossils to be seen. The Pitt Rivers Museum was like stepping into another world. It's famous for its world culture or anthropological exhibits. Exotic textiles, musical instruments, crafts and other such traditions.


And it looks like I'll be going back to Scotland, this time for 3 whole weeks to volunteer with Scottish Natural Heritage at Creag Meagaidh in the summer. I was originally going to volunteer in Dorset at Moors Valley Countrypark, but can you blame me for choosing this position? It means I'll be able to go home and volunteer in a spectacular area. 

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.