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2017 Wildlife Resolutions
After last year’s mixed success of completing my resolutions, I am going to not aim quite so high – but I am still going to set myself 17 resolutions for the year.
- See a silver-spotted skipper butterfly (Hesperia comma).
- If I do this, I will have seen all the skipper species (Hesperiidae) in the UK. My completed groups so far are Nymphalidae and Riodinidae.
- See a large blue butterfly (Phengaris arion).
- I practically live just around the corner from them now, so I should be able to do this!
- Put out a moth trap on at least 100 nights in the year.
- I fell out of practice with moth trapping last year, particularly as the year progressed and life got in the way. Whilst I expect I shall have some weeks where I can barely trap, hopefully I will manage to balance it out so that I trap for at least 100 nights overall.
- See two new species of orchids.
- Not sure how many I’ve seen, but I would love to see some more. I think my current favourite of the ones I have seen is probably the bee orchid (Ophrys apifera)?
- See an adder (Vipera berus).
- Of the six native species of reptiles in the UK (x3 snakes, x3 lizards), I have seen five so far – even including holding a smooth snake (Cornella austriaca, whilst with a licence holder of course)
- Reach 200 on my birds list.
- Yes, this was on my list of 2016 wildlife resolutions, but at least now I am slightly closer to achieving that! My latest addition (not sure of what number I’ve got to now though) is waxwings on 8 Jan 2017.
- Go on at least two birding twitches.
- I have decided not to include the waxwings, as they were a 20 minute drive away and that isn’t a proper twitch.
- Reach 1000 on my pan-species list
- I aimed far too high last year trying to reach 1500, I don’t think I have even reached 800 (that needs to be confirmed, my PSL is so out of date!). 1000 seems far more achievable.
- Catalogue my collection of wildlife items
- This could turn out to be quite a task, especially trying to remember where and when everything was found!
- Submit an application to give a talk at BirdFair.
- Yes, this was a resolution last year. I missed the deadline though (albeit that I still ended up on the main stage twice). This year, I am definitely getting my application in early!
- Visit the park near the office at least once a week and note down any wildlife sightings.
- This one shouldn’t be too difficult, there is a nice little park nearby. The most number of birds I have seen there in a lunchtime is 10 species, here’s hoping that increases and I also see plenty of insects come spring and summer!
- Take a photo of a peregrines falcon (Falco peregrinus) in Bristol.
- I have only managed to see the peregrines twice so far, both times were very fleeting. It would be great to get a good view and take some photos of them.
- Visit Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.
- One of the benefits of living and working in a city is that I now have plenty of cultural attractions on my doorstop! Definitely one of the top places I need to visit is the natural history section of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.
- Fully read at least two of Stephen Moss’ books.
- I realised late last year that despite owning a few of his books, and being fortunate to count him as a good friend, I have never actually read any Stephen Moss’ books cover to cover! Oops! I must amend that this year, and have aimed for at least two of his books.
- Read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.
- I am even more ashamed to admit that I have never read Silent Spring. Don’t judge me too much please.
- Go on a course about non-insect invertebrates.
- I have been on a number of insect, bird, mammal, etc courses, and I have even run an insects course myself. Aside from helping to test a new draft of an earthworm key, I haven’t done anything – let alone an actual course – that focusses on non-insect invertebrates.
- Go to a new conference.
- By new I don’t mean brand new and never happened before, but a conference that is new to me. Having not attended loads of conferences, this shouldn’t be too difficult, but it will be interesting to see what I end up attending!
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