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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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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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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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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 give Olympic athletes run for their money

Northumbria wildlife give Olympic athletes run for their money

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  August 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you are looking for outstanding and Olympian feats in nature at a level to compete with London 2012, look no further than at the wildlife in Northumbria and the Scottish Borders, where you will find amazing strength, speed and agility.

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