It’s wonderful to experience the changing seasons in Rookwood. The mixed collection of sycamore, oak and ash trees sprout a thick canopy of leaves high above that throws the understorey in to deep, cool shade, whilst their trunks disappear beneath a rising undergrowth of spring flowers. The soundtrack is that of rooks calling to each other; raucous chicks tucked in to twiggy nests constructed in the upper-most branches beg for […]
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We’ve had some unusually harsh winter weather recently caused by Storm Emma and the Beast from the East. The Pembrokeshire coast was swathed in snow and froze solid for several days. For the human residence it was mostly inconvenient with roads impassable as well as power cuts and frozen pipes for some. For local bird populations food and water was buried by snow and the ground was frozen solid by […]
In our last post we were providing refuge and rehab for a barn owl found on a roadside by Ffion Rees. Happy that she had fully recovered Ffion released owl back to the wild one evening last week:
This week we have another rescued bird under observation in the Hawk Hotel at HabitatInfo. Found at night on the side of the road by Ffion, local skipper of Falcon Boats she took it home for a few nights before checking it in with us. Since then owl has been eating the day-old chicks on offer and is doing fine. We plan to release her back to the wild […]
The HabitatInfo/ARDB office is located a few minutes walk from the glorious Pembrokeshire coast and the sea has been very inviting of-late with lots of jellyfish to marvel at. This beautiful Compass jellyfish was among them, photo taken by Lou Luddington.
Over the last 5 weeks or so we’ve been providing refuge and rehab to a rook that arrived in the courtyard with a broken leg. Local vet Tom Bailey came to take a look and used a finger splint to immobilize the leg. After two weeks of confinement to heal we carefully removed the splint and gave Charlie the rook (named by Rob’s son Laurie) the run of the aviary. […]
We recently installed a bird feeding station at ARDB HQ and have attracted some great bird life! Goldfinch (second image) have been enjoying the sunflower hearts, whilst Great spotted woodpeckers prefer the peanuts – both images show male birds identified by the red patch on the back of the head, females lack the red patch. Other visitors include members of the local Jackdaw and Rook crew, Blue tit, Great tit, […]
Last weekend ARDB team member Lou Luddington kayaked over to Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire and had a blissful afternoon enjoying the island wildlife. Wonderful sightings were had of some of the 25,000 Atlantic puffins that visit the island to breed at this time of year and the island was swathed in wildflowers. But most memorable from the day was a Short-eared Owl hunting for Skomer voles along North Valley. It was […]
We put up a nest box at habitat INFO and invited the local barn owls and a pair of tawnies took up residence. Every night we’ve been listening to their calls and last week this little baby owl peeked its head out to take a look at the world.
‘Junior’ the buzzard went back to the wild yesterday so he could take advantage of late summer. He has spent nearly two years in rehab at Habitat Info and has recovered really well after his op to fix his wing. Still holds it a bit down when perched but he flew magnificently and seemed to be heading straight back to Fishguard…
habitat INFO ran the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 5th October 2014, raising money for the NSPCC and Wales Air Ambulance! After weeks of training we arrived at the start line for what was to be a couple of hours of pain, more pain and a little more pain! We all completed the run successfully and enjoyed a well deserved pint afterwards! Between us we raised £700 for our chosen […]
habitat INFO launches a novel mobile app to help people share their observations of Raptors across Africa in a live data observatory (African Raptor DataBank, ARDB)
We’ve had a bit of a population boom at habitat INFO recently. On Friday 16th May we hastily setup the incubator for the first time and loaded it with approximately 40 Partridge eggs which had been laid by our resident hens. We didn’t really know what to expect! Not only was it all a bit of a rush but we were also entering uncharted territory; our normal day involves map making […]
habitat INFO are pleased to announce that we’ve worked closely with graphic design company Savage and Gray based in Cardiff to develop a new logo for the company. We’ve stuck to our roots (pun intended!) and kept the tree as the main centre piece! Instead of the old Kokerboom tree however, we’ve moved to a Baobab tree which to us really represents our main area of work, Africa. Settlements are […]
This month I traveled to Maun on behalf of habitat INFO to meet up with one of our clients, OneWorld. Maun is in Northern Botswana and is regarded as the gateway to the Okavango Delta, one of the most incredible places in the World, let alone Africa! Together with OneWorld I was tasked with presenting the methodology and findings of our risk and vulnerability mapping exercise across the Limpopo basin. […]
It’s been a great 2013 for the ARDB… the record count now stands at an impressive 57,547 which spans a total of 25 countries. We’ve had contributions from a wealth of people and are very grateful for the submissions to date! Please check out the end of year review which is available to download from here More information can be found on the resources and status pages… Here’s to an […]
habitat INFO are keeping up the pace with the ARDB and continually rolling out new developments. This month we have developed new Java based webmaps for viewing and editing (Our editing webmap requires registration) which we hope will improve the experience of our users. We have also extensively worked on the database schema over the past few months in order to make sure its as comprehensive as possible. We aim […]
Please check out the video ‘SeaTrust in the Field’ which habitat INFO have produced for SeaTrust. It demonstrates the mobile GIS solutions they use and which habitat INFO have provided for them. Click here to find out more information about the project.
Today the ARDB relaunched to a wider audience with new tools for recording and viewing data. Please visit the ARDB Resources page for more information!
Dr. Rob Davies along with the Peregrine Fund has today launched the ARDB at the Pan-Africa Ornithological Conference in Tanzania. More to follow. Find out more about the project here and check out the project’s resources here.