I really am a novice when it comes to wildlife but undoubtedly television programmes like BBC’s Autumnwatch and Springwatch have helped raise the profile of watching wildlife here in the UK. We get a burst of ‘full on’ stories for two weeks following action like the survival of newly born seal pups in extreme weather to the introduction of beavers into the UK. These programmes do get a strong following and many people join the online Message Boardto discuss the stories shown and any other wildlife issues of their own. It certainly gets people talking – that’s good isn’t it?
Sadly, I have to say in this case – Not always! I don’t plan to join this Message Board the next time this programme is on. Why? Well, naively I joined thinking that all the people using it cared about nature! Instead I found many posts continually discussing the presenters often in a derogatory fashion. I did however enjoy a number of message exchanges and was able to share stories of our hedgehog visits and Camera Nestbox. I also found it a great way to hear of other sites and discovered two interesting ones that I would like to share.
Mike at Fen Photography has some fantastic wildlife photos and has recently started a Wildlife Blog . I was particularly pleased to discover this site as I love to discover wildlife photos in a blog – especially ones I will never get in my own garden. I absolutely love one of his red squirrel photos shown here on the fence . It completely transports me back to my childhood when I used to see them cheekily darting about in the woods.
Friends of Nature is a Wildlife Forum which you can browse through reading the comments but if you wish to make comments yourself you would need to join. I joined this one as I wanted to continue talking about wildlife and have found the members and moderators very friendly and helpful. Only last night I asked questions about our visiting juvenile hedgehogs and was given advice by a hedgehog carer – thank-you. I met a few of the members here on the Autumnwatch Message Board and they invited me to join.