29 June, 2014

Goodbye civilisation

Back in the spring I was successful in applying for one of two long-term volunteer slots on Skokholm, an island off the Pembrokeshire coast, to assist the wardens in the daily monitoring of breeding and migrant birds, as well as helping survey other wildlife and ensuring the smooth general running of the island. It's come around amazingly quickly, and so tomorrow I shall be swapping the hustle and bustle of urbania for a very much more simple life on the island until October, hopefully taking in the best of the summer and autumn season!

With remote island life comes the inevitable (and rather welcome) cut in internet connection. If things do suddenly go silent on the blogging front you'll know why, but with any luck it'll be useable enough to get a few posts up every now and again. In the meantime I'll leave you with some fantastic plant life from the Canons Farm botany walk last week, spent in the great company of Steve Gale (of North Downs and Beyond fame), Beddington's Peter Alfrey and Canons Farm local patcher David Campbell...

Bee Orchid

Cut-leaved Germander- one of the rarest plants in Britain, believe it or not.

Yellow Bird's-nest

4 comments:

Peter Alfrey said...

Looking forward to any blog updates. Good luck Bill.

Steve Gale said...

Bill, go find rares...

Ali said...

Good luck, although that's lucky enough already ;)

Birderwolf said...

I wish I was your age and doing this, go enjoy..