Archive for Feb 2nd, 2013


Shedding light on the dark side of Wildlife

There’s nothing that pleases me more than to see people out and about enjoying our Wildlife. Some take it further and decide to make the world of nature their employment. I did this some years ago and have enjoyed it ever since. Others have done it before me and more will do it after me; to make sure of that I have volunteered as a mentor for ‘A Focus on Nature’.

This is an organisation set up by Lucy McRobert to encourage young people aged 16 to 30 to get involved in, enthused about and passionate about the natural world.

If I can make a small difference to someone’s attempt to get into employment or just seeking enjoyment from the natural world I am a satisfied bunny. If you feel similar and have something to offer or gain from AFON I urge you to take a look at the website and make contact with Lucy. Our true legacy is what we do for others.

Talking of Bunnies. When we did our trip to Scillies last October we came across several Black Rabbits. No not some sort of invisible in the dark sex toy but a melanistic form of our common Leporidae.

Melanism is caused by a gene disruption within a population when the dark pigment melanin is dominant. It is quite common in the mammal world and a Black Squirrel, the darker form of the Grey Squirrel is spreading our way into Norfolk The nearest pocket of occurrence’s is around Cambridge  but there has been a sighting up on the coast at Holt. I haven’t seen one yet but without doubt, given a little time …

See the monitoring project here.

Black Rabbit



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Feb 2013


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