Zoos-Conservation or Confinement?

Animals have been kept for the enjoyment of humans for decades, the first zoos were established to allow humans to see creatures from around the world with little consideration to the animals well-being. More recently zoos have been evolving to be centres of education and assist with conservation. But are zoos able to produce useful…

Best Easy reads for Naturalists

For those new to learning about the natural world some of the books out there can seem a daunting place full of complicated concepts and hefty jargon. These books give a delightful view of the natural world whilst also being digestible and fun to read.   A Year in the Woods – Colin Elford A…

Travel before Field Research?

For any of you who have ever applied for, or looked at a field researcher position you will be more than familiar with phrases like; “Must have experience living abroad”, why do so many researchers ask for this and should you travel to increase employability? When you think of what being a field researcher is…

Onto the Ark – Which Species to Save?

No longer can the effects of human activities on the planet be questioned. Wide-scale deforestation, acidification of the oceans, depleted fish stocks and climate change have resulted in tens of thousands of species being pushed to extinction. With so many species at risk of being lost forever, and limited resources to protect them, which species…

How to Watch Wildlife 1 – A Short Guide

Observing nature is something that predates the modern world. But over the last century this simple skills has been in swift decline, with a bit of thought it is possible to learn the signs once again starting by first watching the natural world. The blessings of a modern society have provide numerous distractions that have…

Ready for Take off?

Before departing on any journey it always pays to be prepared in at least some way. But with field research there is far more to consider then your average trip. Embarking on long-term field research is known to be extremely challenging. The starts long before you reach the forest, in fact it starts before you…

The Road to Research in the Field The Unglamorous Truth

  The dream phase “That’s what I’m going to do!” Maybe you watched the latest documentary in amazement as a scientists swam with sharks. Scuba gear strapped to their back. Camera in hand swimming amongst the reef to catch footage for their research as a soft lulling voice describes the tragedy of shark persecution. It…