Meet the Model – Bobby the Blue Tit

Meet the Model - Bobby the Blue Tit ,  Cyanstes caeruleus Words and pictures by Peter Hanscomb The Blue Tit is an easy to recognise garden favourite. With it's small size and distinctive blue and yellow plumage , the Blue tit is a regular garden visitor that's wide spread throughout the British Isles and mainland [...]

Meet the Model – Rocky the Robin

Say hello to the European Robin , Erithacus rubecula.   The Robin aka the Robin Redbreast is embedded into British folklore. It features in traditional children's stories and is strongly associated with our notion of a traditional British Christmas. It's bright red breast features on many traditional Christmas cards. Legend has it that when Jesus [...]

Meet the Model – Wallace the White-Tailed Sea Eagle

  Meet the Model – Wallace the White-Tailed Sea Eagle by Graham Stewart  Say hello to Wallace , the White-Tailed Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) Habitat: Was declared extinct in the UK in 1918. The species was re-introduced in Scotland in 1975, numbers have increased slowly and in 2015 there were some 106 pairs Size: This [...]

Meet the Model – Oscar the Otter

Say hello to Oscar the Otter ( Lutra lutra ) The Otter is Britain's largest member of the Weasel Family , leading an amphibious lifestyle in our rivers, lakes and river estuaries. By the 1960s they were on the verge of extinction due to river pollution, habitat loss and hunting. Now with legal protection, cleaner [...]

Meet the Model – Kenny the Kingfisher

Meet the Model – Kenny the Kingfisher by Graham Stewart  Say hello to the Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) Most people are only ever likely to catch a flash of electric blue as the Kingfisher skims over the water, once perched, despite its vibrant colour (blue/green back and bright orange belly) it can be hard to spot [...]