Saturday, 26 December 2015

2015 Non-stop Birding Review: Bits and Bobs

HOLIDAYS

EASTERN EUROPE-WINTER
A few days at the beginning of the year in Bulgaria and Romania to see the Red-breasted Geese with
 Red-breasted and White-fronted Geese

EASTERN EUROPE- AUTUMN
Took a two week train trip from London to the Black Sea visiting birding spots and friends and family on the way


 Black Storks migrating
White Pelicans and Lapwings
Bluethroat  

SRI LANKA
Spent a couple of weeks in December on a Wise Birding Tour to Sri Lanka

WISE BIRDING
 Sri Lanka Junglefowl
 Indian Elephants
 Jungle Owlet
 Crested Hawk Eagle

THE BALKAN ECOLOGY PROJECT
Spent a bit time through the year 'helping out'- at my brothers ecological food production project in Bulgaria

More here:  BALKAN ECOLOGY PROJECT
 Valley of the Roses- project location
 The 'garden'
 Red-belted Clearwing
 Work at Site 2
 Dylan 

DAYS OUT
Went to a few organised events peppered throughout the year- here's a few. 

 Gatwick Biodiversity Group- a flagship biodiversity project
 Grass Class at the London Natural History Museum 
 Lee and Rach at Thursley
 Surrey Wildlife Trust  Event
 Bird Fair 2015
Family nature walks for the kids 

DEMONSTRATIONS
 Hen Harrier Day 2015
 London Climate March 2015
 Million Mask March 2015 
 Green annons
 Nature Reb

TWITCHING
I managed one twitch this year.
 Lee Dingain's Barred Warbler at Staines Moor 

NEW BIKE

WORK
A pretty steady year at work with more contracts working for conservation organisations but not too much progress on the wildlife gardening front unfortunately- hopefully will push it more in 2016. As usual far too much traditional demand! :-) 

More here:  LITTLE OAK
At the London Wetland Centre

2 comments:

Steve Gale said...

Good round up Pete. Your wanderings make me feel very parochial! Best wishes for 2016.

Peter Alfrey said...

Cheers Steve,
Happy New Year!