elephant don

Book Review : Elephant Don: The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse

There are lots of popular science books about elephant herds and society but much of it revolves around the female and matriarchal structure. There’s relatively little information about the make up of the male society. The result is that many people mistakenly believe that bulls are solitary figures as they roam across the African plains and deserts. […]


Book Review: Dreaming in Calcutta and Channel Islands

An intriguing first novel by wildlife activist and journalist Shubhobroto Ghosh. The novel follows the coming-of-age of a young boy called Shamu as he grows up and leaves Calcutta to follow his love and dream of working with animals. While the book is written as a novel it very much follows the path and thoughts of the […]


Praktica 20-60x zoom spotting scope

This review covers a spotting scope from Praktica  – the B00514 which is the angled zoom scope with a 77mm lens and 20 to 60 times eye-piece.  It’s an easy to use spotting scope that is ideal for beginners or those looking for a good general workhorse spotting scope that is rugged and can be taken […]

papilio binoculars

Pentax 8.5×21 Close Focus Papilio Binoculars Review

The Pentax 8.5×21 Papilio binoculars is an amazing bit of kit I would recommend to anyone. I have had them now for a couple of weeks and have been impressed by their performance in the field. Their flexibility and power really came through when I recently visited my favourite wildlife pond and was able to […]

Olympus 8 x 40 DPSI Binocular

Olympus 8 x 40 DPSI Binocular review

The Olympus 8 x 40 DPSI Binocular is the number 1 best seller binocular at Amazon.co.uk and there is a very good reason for that. These binoculars offer exceptional value for money. Generally if you are willing to wait you can get these binoculars for around £50 including delivery. There are cheaper binoculars available if you […]

New ebook: on African Elephant / Conservation

A new – and free – 51 page ebook about elephants is available for download from iTunes. Rich in media including video the ebook aims to explain the distribution, physiology and social life of this long-lived, intelligent animal.  You will see the elephant living its natural life in original photography and video clips. Given the […]

Review of 5 Elephants by Rob Laidlaw

One of my most memorable zoo visits was to Toronto Zoo in 2012 with the Zoocheck Canada director, Rob Laidlaw. It was a great experience to see African Elephants, Toka, Thika and Iringa before they travelled across Canada and USA to their new abode at the Performing Animal Welfare Sanctuary in San Andreas, California. In […]

TV Review: Poaching Wars – too much pad not enough depth

Finally I’ve managed to sit down and watch the first part of ITV’s mini documentary series Poaching Wars. Firstly I have to say I did enjoy the episode but it was clearly edited with the international – and mainly US – market in mind. The programme started well but after 40 minutes the pointless padding […]

New Product: Solar Trail solar powered camera trap

New Product: Solar Trail solar powered camera trap

The Solar Trail camera trap is a boom to wildlife watchers who want to leave their cameras out in the field for a long period of time without the worry of the batteries going flat. The trail camera has a rechargeable battery that is kept fully charged up by an attached solar panel. It was […]

Springwatch rustles a few feathers over nesting

Just catching up on yesterday’s BBC Springwatch programme and it appears that one of the items has caused a fair bit of controversy on the internet forums and in the media. The culprit was a feature on field craft on how to find bird nests. Sadly lots of people are complaining about the feature and […]

Review – Stealth Gear one man photographic hide

Review – Stealth Gear one man photographic hide

I’ve never used a professional portable photographic hide before for wildlife photography. For me a bit of camo netting is quick and easy to use and light to carry and if you can find some suitable branches you can usually make a pretty efficient makeshift hide. It was with some trepidation that I chose to […]

David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities

David Attenborough is back on prime time TV with his BBC series Africa. But his fans need not be disappointed when the series comes to a close as he has a brand new series starting later this month on Eden. Called Natural Curiosities the series is exclusive to Eden. Starting on 29th January Sir David […]

From Whales to Rhinos the wars continue

Whale Wars on Animal Planet – part of the Discovery Channel and countless satellite and cable channels – has been a massive success with many viewers. It was only a question of time before that same formula was taken out to other endangered species. The fight to save the rhino is the next step for […]

TV Review: Wild At Heart the final episode

Finally I’ve had the time to catch up on some Christmas viewing through catch up TV. For me the highlight of the season had to be the final episode of Wild At Heart. It was a feature length 90 minute episode that finished a much loved series about a vet in Africa. The final episode […]

Review: Hama Cable Release For Digital Cameras

The Hama cable release for digital cameras is a universal cable that has both benefits and negatives. If you are willing to make a few easy adjustments to your digital camera then it can be a really useful gadget especially if you are into digiscoping. If you use a compact digital camera for your digiscoping then keeping […]

TV Review: Natural World – Tiger Island

The Natural World series on BBC2 can always be relied on to provide highly entertaining and informative programming. Just what is needed as we head into the Olympics. Tiger Island was all about the Sumatran tiger – but with a difference. This programme looked at a local millionaire businessman who wanted to rehabilitate man-eating tigers, so-called […]

DVD Review: The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau

DVD Review: The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau

With my latest Amazon commission gift voucher I opted to get this series of DVD of my childhood hero and it finally arrived yesterday. So last night I settled down to a Jacques Cousteau  undersea fest. And it was as good to watch last night as it was 40 years ago. This box set contains all of Costeau’s […]

TV Review: Secrets of our Living Planet BBC2

If the first programme of the BBC nature series Secrets of Our Living Planet is anything to go by I think the BBC has another  major ward winning wildlife  programme in its portfolio. The series, presented by Chris Packham, is both educational and entertaining presenting the science of ecology in an easily understandable but not […]

TV Review: Springwatch 2012 BBC2

Well what a difference a week can make in the world of wildlife. Coronation Street had its tram wreck and Emmerdale Farm had its plane crash so a change in the weather appears to have wiped out half of the staring cast of this years Springwatch. If the new broods were not starving to death […]