Learn more about the swifts in the tower of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
The Museum tower is a historic nesting site for European swifts, making it a brilliant location for a longitudinal study of them since 1948. Follow the link to find out more about the history of this 'devil bird', to see the Museum's livestream of what the swifts are doing now, and to see all of the swift statistics from the past 11 years! ...
The Laboratory With Leaves: Researching the birds at Wytham Woods
Over 60 years of tagging, observing and scrutinising the thousands of blue and great tits in Wytham Woods has resulted in a colossal body of research that makes Wytham's birds the best understood in...
The Canary in the Coal Mine: could seabirds provide early warning signs for our oceans?
Dr Annette Fayet tells us about the Manx Shearwater; a little seabird that makes a huge journey.
My research centres around how to monitor penguins and other marine predators in difficult environments such as Antarctica. Many of the most important environments on the planet are too data deficient to understand the changes occurring there, and the implications for global change, which in turn stalls effective management. I spend a lot of...
Lockdown Walks - Is this a fossil I see before me?
You find fossils on the beach, right? If you're really lucky and spend ages looking? WRONG! Fossils - by which we mean the preserved remains of ancient life - can be found all around us! Including, as Matt Sutton tells us, in the centre of town...Make sure you look out for one next time you're out for a walk around town!
Ignacio (Nacho) Juarez
My name is Nacho and I come from Avila, a little town up the mountains in central Spain. For my undergrad, I did biology and Biochemistry in Madrid but I decided my thing was to be in the field and not in the lab. My main interest is conservation science and research although I have been involved in several conservation practice projects mostly...
Can celebrities save the pangolin?
'Influencers' are here like never before...log on to social media, and there will be someone there to tell you what to cook or what to wear...But what about when it comes to wildlife conservation? For instance, how much impact can a celebrity have when it comes to saving an endangered species? In this episode of the Oxford Sparks Big Questions...
Lockdown Walks - Meet Your Bird Neighbours
How well do you know your bird neighbours? Become better acquainted in this episode of 'Lockdown Walks', with Oxford biologist Joe Woodman!
Which bird is known for its distinctive 'teacher teacher' call? Which bird stays in the UK all year round, bringing us beautiful birdsong even in the depths of winter? Watch and find out!
I’ve always been really interested in the natural world. When I was younger, this took the form of spending most of my time outdoors looking for birds, bugs and other wildlife, while my time indoors was often spent reading about local natural history. As I progressed through school, I became more and more interested in learning about the...
I have always been fascinated by the Polar Regions – the harsh but beautiful landscapes, the epic stories of human exploration, and – most of all – the animals that find their home there. These creatures don’t just survive in their environment, they thrive in it, perfectly adapted to the conditions.