Hey everyone!It just occured to me I haven't said hello yet, bad me, anyway!I'm Olivia, I'm 19 and from Gloucestershire and I love garden birds! I always get excited when we're getting the food out for winter, almost every year we seem to get a couple of new birds to the garden, this year so far we have had new visitors of 3 or so red poles, we think we have had a brambling and possibly a reed bunting(last to I'm not sure on as I haven't seen them, but I think we have had a brambling) and earlier this year before we had the food out, early autumn I do believe I saw my first bullfinch. I was surprised when I saw my first goldfinch a few years ago, but now we have much more than 20 individuals, possibly even over 30! they seem to have taken over from our blue tits which is slightly concerning as we went from roughly 15 to about 3 or 4 of them.I'm also very much into creepy crawlies and our larger wildlife, living in the countryside has given me some great opportunities to catch glimpses of Gloucestershires illusive mammalian wildlife, or at least it seems illusive to me by comparison to other counties. But, insects is something there is no shortage of so I have always had an interest in them, this year I saw my first dor beetle.Once I am through my A levels I hope to do ecology in university, something I would really love to talk to an actual ecologist to get a good view on what the career is like and what it really involves.I'm also a bit of an artist and photographer, (more artist than photographer!)
Also, I very happy new year to you all! What are you call going to be up to?
We are staying home, with a big cake of fire works (fairly small ones but lots of them) and we will be having a late night BBQ! Might go on a search for hedgehogs, we got two from the vale wildlife rescue center and released them into our garden last year, I think they are still roaming about which is nice!
Welcome to the forum Olivia!
It sounds like you too are addicted to birds, just like every single member on the community :D
OlivitreeI'm also a bit of an artist and photographer, (more artist than photographer!)
Feel free to share some of your photos and artworks here, and I'm sure there are some ecologists about.
Welcome to the Community from me too. :-)
I just saw and replied to your moth thread.
A Happy New Year to you too. :-)
Warm welcome from me, too. Hope you enjoy it on the forums, and I look forward to hearing more from you.
Thanks everyone, I'll post some of my photos and art up soon! I'm sure you will all see me a lot in the identify this forum! :)
Welcome to the forum from me too. Spent Christmas with relatives near Wotton-under-Edge in Glos. Lovely county. Looking forward to your photos and posts
Welcome, Olivitree. Looking forward to the images, art and photo. Isn't it exciting when you see your first of whatever? We had a Marsh/willow tit in our garden recently and I couldn't drag myself away from the window. Ecology and Environmental Science are really interesting options. Go for It!
Happy New Year & welcome!
Have you crossed paths with Marjus yet? She's a bit of a whizz with invertebrates - so is WildLifeRanger.
Hi O welcome to the RSPB :o)
Welcome to the forums. My daughter is just finishing her A levels and has also applied to study conservation and ecology and University. She has had the offers now just needs to make sure she gets the grades.
Sounds like a great place to live. Good Luck in your studies and I hope you find the forums useful
Happy new year to you xx
Hello olivitree and welcome to the forums. Worth a worthwhile career path you intend to follow and when you are famous I can say" I knew her when she was but a girl."Looking forward to your posts and photographs
Hi + welcome to the forum, enjoy it here.
Hope all goes well for you with your studies + hope that you find the time to pop in + join all the chat. DS2 (9) is very into insects + has lots of boxes up for them + the bees - need more for the birds now!!
Look forward to hearing from you!!