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Author Archive: Kevin OHara

Kevin O'Hara is a Conservation Officer for Northumberland Wildlife Trust and is a great wildlife enthusiast with lots of information and knowledge about wildlife in the North of England. He writes a monthly wildlife column on thisisnorthumberland.com

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How to know when an animal is orphaned and when to help

How to know when an animal is orphaned and when to help

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Many people want to step in and help what appears to be an orphaned animal. But, according to Kevin O’Hara, Conservation Officer at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, usually creatures are not orphaned and when they cry out it is to be left alone. He gives a few guidelines and anecdotes in this latest article.

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Storm Cocks and Scribbly Jacks

Storm Cocks and Scribbly Jacks

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kevin O’Hara of Northumberland Wildlife Trust reminisces and recalls some of the interesting names he and his boyhood friends used for wildlife, such as scribbly jack for yellowhammer – because of the unusual markings on the birds eggs. Lots of the names come from Middle English or Germanic origins.

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A mixed picture for Northumberland wildlife in February

A mixed picture for Northumberland wildlife in February

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

The unusual and wet winter weather is having a strange effect on wildlife across Northumberland, with a mixed pattern of behaviour amongst birds. The good news is that the days are getting longer and hopefully warmer soon. Kevin O’Hara of Northumberland Wildlife Trust explores Northumberland wildlife in February.

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Northumberland winter wildlife a special joy on cold, still nights

Northumberland winter wildlife a special joy on cold, still nights

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  December 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

After sometime off to take care of eye surgery, regular columnist Kevin O’Hara returns to capture the wonder and beauty of wildlife in Northumberland. This time he turns his attention to the wonderment of wildlife in winter, and the special beauty cold days and clear nights can bring when out spotting birds and much more.

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It was one of those fine October days . . .

It was one of those fine October days . . .

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  October 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kevin O’Hara gives readers a rich and vidid description of the wonderful wildlife spectactular taking in place in the North of England, and particularly in Northumberland, this October. Read about pinkfoods, peregrine, redwing and eppreciate a few lines of poetry by Richard Green, too!

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September brings fruits of the land in Northumberland

September brings fruits of the land in Northumberland

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  September 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kevin O’Hara celebrates the arrival of one of his favourite months – September. It brings an abundance of activity, food and drink – all worthy of celebrating. The colours are rich and warm and it truly is a beautiful time of year. Kevin tells us more.

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Glorious August brings wonderful wildlife, weather and sunsets

Glorious August brings wonderful wildlife, weather and sunsets

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  August 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Northumberland Wildlife Trust conservation officer Kevin O’Hara talks about the busy month of August, field work and the exciting discoveries that come with that. He’s also been carrying out surveys but finding time to relax by doing some fishing, taking in some good weather and enjoying superb sunsets. Find out more about wildlife in Northumberland.

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Northumberland Wildlife picture gallery

Northumberland Wildlife picture gallery

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  July 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Northumberland Wildlife Trust conservation officer Kevin O’Hara is our regular wildlife columnist. He is also an avid photographer and recently shared with us these images of wildlife that can be seen in Northumberland in the summer months.

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Northumberland welcomes wonderful July

Northumberland welcomes wonderful July

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Wildlife in Northumberland and the surrounding areas explodes in the North of Britain when July arrives. Conservation officer Kevin O’Hara, who works for Northumberland Wildlife Trust, guides readers through the wildlife extravaganza which is ours to enjoy. Discover birds, otters, wild flowers and much more.

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Arrival of June brings flourish of nature, but turbines drone out Northumberland birdsong

Arrival of June brings flourish of nature, but turbines drone out Northumberland birdsong

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  June 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kevin O’Hara welcomes the arrival of June and a warmer spring, but is annoyed about the arrival of larger, noisy wind farms which drown out the sound of birdsong. But he welcomes over signs of summer, including bluebells, chicks, foxes, and much more. June is a busy month!

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Northumberland Wildlife Trust keen to work with golf clubs to enhance wildlife on greens

Northumberland Wildlife Trust keen to work with golf clubs to enhance wildlife on greens

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is keen to work with golf clubs in Northumberland and across the region to see how it can develop partnerships to help best care for these areas, which are often home to lots of wildlife.

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Northumberland Amble Puffin Festival guided walks

Northumberland Amble Puffin Festival guided walks

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Walkers get set to enjoy some beautiful terrain and views. Northumberland Wildlife Trust is putting on some great walks to coincide with the Amble Puffin Festival. There will be rock pooling activities as well.

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Wildlife North England: Northumberland’s Spring Finally Arrives

Wildlife North England: Northumberland’s Spring Finally Arrives

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  May 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kevin O’Hara welcomes the arrival of spring and some warmer weather in the north of England. Find out what Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Officer has been up to in the last few weeks in his garden. And see what he is looking out for as he explores the beautiful countryside and takes in the birdsong.

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Future looks brighter for bees

Future looks brighter for bees

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  April 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

The future for the bumblebee is looking up now that the European Commission is set to place a suspension on dangerous insecticides which have negatively impacted the life of bees in Northumberland and around the world. The suspension is temporary but is welcomed by Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

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Northumbrian wildlife unfolds, despite cold weather

Northumbrian wildlife unfolds, despite cold weather

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Plants and birds are starting to appear as spring approaches, but wildlife is struggling in the north of England as the unseasonably cold weather continues. Kevin O’Hara of Northumberland Wildlife Trust writes about the struggles puffins, guillemots and other auks are having on the Northumberland Coast. Hopefully some warmer weather will arrive soon.

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Development comes at a cost, with wildlife struggling to cope

Development comes at a cost, with wildlife struggling to cope

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  March 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kevin O’Hara sets about preparing to record the advent of spring in the North East of England. But he feels some sadness too and laments the struggles that wildlife experience in the face of development and management methods of the countryside. Find out more about how we can help and support wildlife in these challenging times.

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Northumbria wildlife in February – cheeky badger arrives in Kevin’s garden

Northumbria wildlife in February – cheeky badger arrives in Kevin’s garden

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  February 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kevin O’Hara, conservation officer with Northumberland Wildlife Trust, continues the tale began at the beginning of January. Back then, he revealed there were strange noises going in in his garden at night. This month’s column reveals the culprit, as well as highlights of February. He reminds us too to keep feeding birds in this cold weather.

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