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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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January Northumbria wildlife – things that go bump in the night!

January Northumbria wildlife – things that go bump in the night!

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  January 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Conservation Officer Kevin O’Hara struggles with the lack of daylight in the winter months, but has been enjoying the visit of a fox near his home in recent weeks. The cunning creature has been searching for food and, because it is mating season, is on the hunt for a vixen. Read this fascinating and curious tale!

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Northumberland wildlife in December: Hibernations and murmurations!

Northumberland wildlife in December: Hibernations and murmurations!

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Kevin O’Hara, Conservation Officer at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, gives a colourful and impressive overview of wildlife in a month that has brought a dramatic change in the weather. He also explains what the word murmuration means and how and when you can look out for this wildlife spectacular!

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Northumbria wildlife in November . . . what to see when it is cold and dark!

Northumbria wildlife in November . . . what to see when it is cold and dark!

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  November 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Northumberland Wildlife Trust wildlife expert Kevin O’Hara gives a splendid overview of wildlife in the mid-autumn month of November. He notes the effect of a very wet spring and summer on our trees; many have failed to bear fruit or flower. On a positive note, look our for sparrows and starlings on their way home.

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Northumbria wildlife – the arrival of October brings autumn colours and rutting season

Northumbria wildlife – the arrival of October brings autumn colours and rutting season

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  October 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

October brings with it magnificent autumn colours and a new range of wildlife, including fungi, ducks, swans and geese. It also marks the arrival of the dramatic rut, when deer lock antlers in head-to-head battles and fight each other as they pursue females. Kevin O’Hara, Conservation Officer with Northumberland Wildlife Trust, takes us through the month’s wildlife highlights.

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Northumbria wildlife in September – Grey seals start to gather off the Northumberland coast

Northumbria wildlife in September – Grey seals start to gather off the Northumberland coast

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  August 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

September is a spectacular month for wildlife, nature and the outdoors, as Kevin O’Hara reveals. There’s a lot to see and discover, and excitement mounts as grey seals arrive in shallow waters off the Northumberland coast for feeding in advance of pupping season.

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Northumbria wildlife in August, and wildlife trust events

Northumbria wildlife in August, and wildlife trust events

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  August 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

All kinds of ideas and insights are given by Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Kevin O’Sullivan about what you can do and see in August. Look out for fledgling birds, and on the coast guillemots and razorbills. Inland see ripening berries in the hedgerows. We also give a full events list from Northumbrian Wildlife Trust for August.

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Northumbrian wildlife in July

Northumbrian wildlife in July

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  June 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

The wildlife highlights of Northumbria and the Scottish Borders for July are detailed in Kevin O’Hara’s latest Call of the Wild column. Kevin is the Conservation Officer with Northumberland Wildlife Trust and tells us that although the weather has been a washout so far this summer, the climate has resulted in stunning countryside with vibrant colours in the fields, woodland and hedgerows. Birds such as the swift and common buzzard can be spotted across Northumberland, too.

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Northumbria Wildlife highlights in June

Northumbria Wildlife highlights in June

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  June 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

Northumberland and Scottish Borders wildlife highlights for the month of June Kevin O’Hara is a Conservation Officer for Northumberland Wildlife Trust.  He is fanatical about Northumbria wildlife and beginning this month will be writing a new wildlife column for www.thisisnorthumberland.com, called Call of the Wild. If you have a question for Kevin about wildlife in Northumbria, where […]

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Celebrating the North’s birds, woodlands and hedges

Celebrating the North’s birds, woodlands and hedges

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  May 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

Kevin O’Hara, Conservation Officer at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, joins the team of writers at This is Northumberland to produce a new monthly column called Call of the Wild. In it, Kevin will write about the wonders of nature and wildlife in the North East of England. This month, he explores the beauty and vibrancy of the month of May, writes about birds, woodlands and the North East of England’s very diverse hedgerows.

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Northumberland Wildlife Trust concerned about Pygmy hedgehogs

Northumberland Wildlife Trust concerned about Pygmy hedgehogs

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  March 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is asking people to think twice before getting an African Pygmy hedgehog as a domestic pet. The organisation is concerned that many people are acquiring these creatures for children to be kept as pets. But families then discover he hedgehogs cannot be easily handled the way a hamster or gerbil can, and release the little hedgehogs into the open where they cannot fend for themselves.

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