I never actually meant to stop blogging - life just happened to get slightly in the way! In the time between my last blog post and writing this one we've moved house again - this time to a house we actually own! I'm still not entirely sure how we managed to buy, but we now live on the Malvern Hills, and can be out onto the hillside in minutes from our new front door. The lack of a landlord also means we're finally allowed pets, and so in June we adopted a dog from the local animal rescue centre... and now I have even more excuses for wandering the hills on a daily basis!
|Our view, out across the valley to the Cotswolds|
|Dog, enjoying camping|
|Before: a stria of coleopterists drinking coffee|
|Caught in the act|
|Jersey, shortly before the snow started...|
|The Jersey (and Continental European) subspecies of the Buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris terrestris|
|Campervanning it in Kilchoan|
|Mysterious eggs in the grass|
|Don't look directly into it!|
|This one had narrowly missed grabbing someone's face|
My other main activity over the past winter was writing a book! Over the past few years, Bloomsbury have teamed up with the RSPB to produce a series of 'Spotlight Guide to...'. These are relatively short (c. 115 pages) but informative, fun and with plenty of pictures. Having published the Spotlight Guide to... Robins, Foxes, Otters and Puffins, Bloomsbury offered me (and I accepted) the chance to write the 'Spotlight Guide to Bumblebees'. This will be the first in the series to cover an insect, and the first to cover a group rather than an individual species, and it will hit the shelves in spring next year - can't wait to see it!