Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Dissertation topic...

In the next few weeks I really need to decide on a broad topic for my dissertation.  I'm due to present some ideas about it to a panel at college sometime in February and then my completed research proposal has to be submitted by the beginning of May, ready to commence the real work from then until Spring 2013....

Slight problem: I haven't got a clue what to choose!  So I'm calling for as many suggestions as possible whether it be mammals, birds, butterflies, bats, plants, trees, habitats, landscape ecology.... I just need rough ideas to see what ones might enable me to produce a compelling dissertation!

Answers on a postcard please.... :-)

Monday, 2 January 2012

Happy New Year!

A very happy new year to my handful of readers!  Spring seems just around the corner and I can't wait as I got my very first bat detector for Christmas and I want to get out there and use it.

Christmas was spent in Scotland visiting my folks and I was desperate to get out and about, but sadly, the weather was atrocious and I just didn't have the right clothing with me.  The journey up the M74 was quite exciting as we saw several buzzards in Dumfries and Galloway which I'd never noticed before - mainly because we normally drive up in the dark!  So, a walk around Coombe Wood in Langdon Hills was the order of the day on New Year's Eve once we were back in Essex.  It was a really nice walk with views over the Thames Estuary.  We saw a few Great Spotted Woodpeckers and some Great Tits, but nothing much else.  There were some lovely trees though some great gnarly ones.

So until my next installment... here's to a conservation-tastic 2012!