Tag: Northumbria wildlife
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.
A very unusual type of fungi has been found in Northumberland. The Tyne valley community of Tarset is the location of Waxcaps – jewel-like fungi that seem to appear overnight when conditions are mild and wet in autumn. They were discovered late last year by members of the Tarset community.
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!
A new Northumberland National Park scheme is being supported by farmers and landowners around Simonside in the Coquet Valley. The scheme will see the planting of saplings to give queen bees of these vital pollinators a helping hand to breed and increase.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Northumberland Wildlife Trust has been affected by cuts in funding for wildlife conservation work. The organisation and its patron, the broadcaster and keen conservationist Bill Oddie, are hoping people will support it over the Big Give Christmas Challenge, set to take place in early December.
The wildlife trust hopes to received funding to help conserve grasslands in the region. The unique and beautiful places could receive additional care thanks to monies from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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.
Keen to witness the struggles brand new Antlantic grey seal pups face in the first few weeks of life? Now is your chance. Special trips are running to the Farne Islands, Northumberland, home to England’s largest breeding ground of Atlantic grey seals, until October 31.
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.
New Volunteer Officers have joined Northumberland Wildlife Trust and will be giving much-needed help across the whole organisation.
The lone Kielder osprey chick seen looking forlorn and alone last week has tuned into its instincts and will now bit on the 5000-mile journey south to Africa. Meanwhile, a kesrel has arrived on the nest to have a look about. See the images here.
Remember a Charity Week takes place from Sept. 17 – 23, 2012 this year, and Northumberland Wildlife Trust encourages members of the public to support the wildlife organisation. Consider leaving a legacy to the Wildlife Trust.