I am Rowan Wakefield, and I am really interested in wildlife.  I live in the Peak District on the edge of a local nature reserve and I love watching and seeing wildlife.  We have badgers coming to our garden every night for food we put out and we’ve got some really good camera trap footage.  I am not just interested in birds and mammals but also record moths, butterflies and dragonflies my area.



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I am currently a trainee bird ringer with Geoff Mawson from the Sorby Breck Ringing Group.  The group rings in the Sheffield area.  Ringing is really enjoyable and also very interesting too.  I have learnt so much this year because of going out ringing.

This spring I am hoping to set up a nest box ringing scheme at my school.


This year, I attended BTO Birdcamp in Thetford.  It was an amazing experience and I got to see see nightjars in the hand being ringed and fitted with Geolocators.  

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I was a finalist for the Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of the Year competition at MigFest this year.  The questions were really hard but it was still a really good experience!

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 some amazing birds including white-tailed eagle, great grey shrike, black-throated diver and black kite.  We stayed in Finland during midsummer, and it was light all the time. 

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I like to draw in pencil, and also use pencil crayon. I usually use photographs (mainly from screenshots of my films).  I also sometimes use oil pastels and also watercolours or gouache.  


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 also collect bird wings and skulls.

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Wing of a short-eared owl

I hope you enjoy my blog and I will try to update regularly!