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