The following links will take you directly to some of my favourite and/or most frequently visited nature/conservation and photography related websites. I hope you find them useful/interesting -
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE!
"BirdGuides brings you better birding through technology. We offer up-to-the-minute news and views on British and Irish birds, comprehensive online and mobile reference, a huge photo library and the best products for birdwatchers everywhere".
BOCN (Barn Owl Conservation Network)
one of the Hawk and Owl Trust's initiatives specifically set up to assist in the monitoring of the Barn Owl
BTO (British Trust for Ornithology)
for those with a more serious/scientific interest in birds. The BTO undertakes invaluable research into many aspects of the UK's birdlife and is the licensing authority for bird ringing and for the recording/monitoring of nests of Schedule 1 protected species.
Dun Coillich
Dun Coillich is a community owned nature reserve situated just over 2 miles from my home in the foothills of Schiehallion - 'Fairy Hill of the Caledonians' and one of Scotland's most iconic mountains - and hosts the largest Black Grouse lek in the area.
It is owned and managed by the Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust (HPCLT) and covers some 1,100 acres of hill ground situated between the Tay and Tummel straths, about six miles north-west of Aberfeldy in Highland Perthshire.
without doubt the most comprehensive and informative source of birding information and birding-related websites on the entire internet.
Fortingall Art
Fortingall Art is Highland Perthshire’s most prestigious annual art exhibition, held every summer since 2004 in the village of Fortingall - just 2 miles from my home. Set up and still run by local artists the exhibition features selected painting, jewellery, photography, sculpture and bespoke furniture in a stunning rural setting.....and I've been fortunate enough to be their top-selling exhibitor over the years 2015 and 2016!
Hawk and Owl Trust
for those with an interest in birds of prey this organisation/website is a must
John Muir Trust
a conservation charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing wild places.....and owners of the iconic Schiehallion mountain here in Highland Perthshire - situated just 4 miles or so in the hills behind our house.
for everything you need to know about birding on this wonderful island.
National Trust for Scotland
"From Unst to St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve and from the mountains of Glencoe and Mar Lodge Estate to the islands of St Kilda and Iona, we look after some of Scotland’s finest landscapes and wildlife".
Their reserves include the Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve just a few miles from my home and featuring 'Ben Lawers' - Scotland’s tenth highest mountain and the highest in the central Highlands, standing 1,214m (3,984ft) above Loch Tay -
RSPB (Royal Society for Protection of Birds)
a direct link to the website of the UK's largest bird conservation organisation now boasting more than one million members.
Scottish Ornithologists' Club
The SOC is Scotland’s bird club, with 15 branches around the country and a growing membership of over 3000.
Scottish Wildlife Trust
The Trust manages a network of 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.
Its reserves include Loch of the Lowes, near Dunkeld - famed for its nesting Ospreys -
and the lovely little Keltneyburn reserve here in my home village with its lovely wildflower meadows featuring no less than eight species of Orchids and renowned for its Butterflies, Dragonflies & Damselflies -
Wicken Fen National Trust Reserve
for all you need to know about visiting the country's oldest nature reserve and the facilities, etc available.
It's a place I spent many, many hours during the 38 years I lived near Cambridge and claims to have one of the most diverse eco-systems in the UK with more than 8,500 species, including a spectacular array of plants, birds and dragonflies.....and check out the large canvas print of one of my images of the Fen behind the desk in the Visitor Centre.
Wildlife Online
an amazingly comprehensive and informative website created and maintained by wildlife enthusiast Marc Baldwin
Wildlife Watching Supplies
one of the very best suppliers of wildlife watching equipment such as portable hides, camouflage clothing, camera/lens covers, etc.
Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading charity dedicated solely to the protection of our native woodland heritage.