It’s difficult to really know what to write as a first post in this blog. I know what I’d like it to be in the future but I know I’m not yet at a point where it can be that just yet. I think it probably makes most sense as a beginning to explain my motivation behind starting this project, and where I imagine it heading as time goes on.
I’ve always loved nature and I’m always trying to learn more. I’m constantly finding that just as soon as I’ve made some progress with learning about one family of animals or plants, another family I know little about crops up that are just as fascinating as the last, and I start learning all over again.
According to the Natural History Museum there are over 70,000 species of animals, plants and fungi in the UK, which quite frankly I know will give me a lifetimes worth of learning and experiencing things. As I enjoy my journey of discovery so much I very selfishly want to share it with other people, which is where Wildlife Detectives comes in.
I’m hoping over the next few months to obtain some equipment, including camera traps to help my neighbours in Par discover what wildlife already visits their gardens and local area. I’m also hoping to give tips and advice on how best to encourage more wildlife – through events and on this website. I’d really love to work amongst a community of people and see how many little things we can achieve to help improve the bigger picture, and hopefully make some good friends in the process.
I’m planning to use this blog to help document this adventure and share what ideas and species we come across on the way, who knows what’s going to happen!