IT HAS BEEN A WHILE…

Posted on: January 25th, 2015 by Andrew Syvret

Going back to primary school has been hard work, but hugely rewarding. Where did 2014 go exactly? More about that in due course.

2015 programme of guided walks and overhaul of website on the way.

This week we’ve been helping to train Jersey’s latest intake of budding Blue Badge Guides. In the classroom on Tuesday and out to Seymour Tower on a stunningly fresh Saturday. A great group to guide…



Changing domicile? Have wings & ring, will travel…

Posted on: February 25th, 2014 by Andrew Syvret

A Guernseyman has made a Crapaud very happy this evening.

Today, I went looking for herring gull Yellow OA5, who we have blogged about several times before and we last observed on 30 April 2013…

Arriving at Le Grouet, I immediately spotted a healthy looking male herring gull bearing a white ring 9HV5 ~ paired up and acting as if he owned the place. After taking a picture and looking for any sign of a yellow ring on other birds for fifteen minutes, I headed off to La Corbière and wondered if the brutal storms of Winter 2013/14 had taken Yellow OA5 to the great herring shoals in the sky…

On returning home, I notified Paul Veron of Guernsey Gulls of White 9HV5′s presence at Le Grouet, and Yellow OA5′s absence by email. In his prompt reply, Paul advised that I would find a “very nice surprise” in White 9HV5′s updated life history. Claimed by Guernsey on 21 July 2013, to be sixteen years old on 23 June 2014 ~ way to go!

Given the current plight of so many seabirds, a happy day indeed…



The Overview Effect…

Posted on: December 18th, 2012 by Andrew Syvret

On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment…

 



Intelligent design?

Posted on: November 26th, 2012 by Andrew Syvret

A pepper pot earthstar (Myriostoma coliforme) found on private land in St Ouen’s Bay this week…

Long considered extinct in Britain, but recently rediscovered in the Channel Islands and Suffolk.

An interesting link from Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.

 

 



TRULY exceptional…

Posted on: October 31st, 2012 by Andrew Syvret



Final Sunset of British Summer Time 2012

Posted on: October 27th, 2012 by Andrew Syvret

Come back soon…



Hand cut, L’Etacq pepper dulse on BBC1′s Saturday Kitchen at 10h00 tomorrow…

Posted on: October 26th, 2012 by Andrew Syvret

It’s that time of the year again ~ break out the chestwaders!

Freshly gathered on this morning’s low tide with curlews for company. Vacuum packed at the Atlantic Hotel and delivered to Jersey Airport before midday.

“Mark will feature fresh Jersey ingredients in a dish that has been specially chosen by James after his visit to The Atlantic Hotel earlier this year. James was so impressed with this particular dish that he has personally requested that Mark cook it on the programme.”

Chef Mark Jordan on Saturday Kitchen

Autumn is amazing…

À bétôt!