I am 9 years old, and I am wild about all animals. Well, that is birds, mammals and reptiles, not really invertebrates and fish. My favourites bird group is birds of prey, particularly the harpy eagle. My favourite mammal group is big cats, particularly the Siberian tiger. My favourite reptile group is snakes, particularly the king cobra.
My ambitions are to go to Africa on safari; to track wolves, bears and lynx in Iberia, and to track tigers in Siberia.
My best ever mammal sighting (so far) was a wolverine in Finland, whilst on a bear watching trip. We saw 52 Russian brown bears, including cubs, and also white tailed eagle and black kite. We stayed in Finland during midsummer, and it was light all the time. We stayed by a lake in a cabin. There were black throated divers on the lake, and they called at midnight.
I have been to Majorca twice to watch birds. We saw over 40 species including wryneck, red knobbed coot, turtle dove, hoopoe, woodchat shrike, marsh harrier, osprey, Eleanora’s falcon, black vulture, griffon vulture and booted eagle.
I like to draw in pencil, graphite and pen, and usually use photographs. I don’t ever go very far without a sketch book. Last Christmas, Mummy had a book printed of my best drawings.
I collect taxidermy because I can see all the detail of the animals that you don’t normally get to see in the wild. I have a sparrow hawk, barn owl, ocelot and red fox cub. I have also preserved a buzzard wing and talons, and goldfinch wings. I would never harm an animal. The taxidermy is very old, and the animals I have collected were found dead. Mummy gave me her bird skull collection. The best is a little owl.
I have met David Attenborough at his yearly lecture in Richmond. He signed ‘Life of Mammals’ and ‘Life of Birds’.
This summer I met Chris Packham after his lecture at the Bird Fair. He was so funny, I couldn’t stop laughing! He is so passionate about conservation. Last week I met Chris Weston, wildlife photographer, who wrote ‘Animals on the Edge’.
I still haven’t seen a fox or a badger, so this year I would like to tick them on my list. I would like to see otters in Derbyshire, and Hen Harriers breeding again.