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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

In case you’re wondering how long that rubbish you saw in the sea will take to disappear… 
Safe time. Keep our oceans clean. 
Dispose of rubbish correctly, use less plastic, participate in a beach clean up, save the world ;-) 

In case you’re wondering how long that rubbish you saw in the sea will take to disappear… 

Safe time. Keep our oceans clean. 

Dispose of rubbish correctly, use less plastic, participate in a beach clean up, save the world ;-) 

#infographic    #ocean    #rubbish    #trash    #garbage    #decompose    #clean    #sea    #save    

Monday, 21 July 2014

"Next time you watch a wildlife documentary, spare a thought for the animals who didn’t quite make the cut."  - Hilarious little caption stolen from Innocent Drinks facebook page, who stole the picture from www.twistedsifter.com 
#lovewhatyoudo

"Next time you watch a wildlife documentary, spare a thought for the animals who didn’t quite make the cut."  Hilarious little caption stolen from Innocent Drinks facebook page, who stole the picture from www.twistedsifter.com 

#lovewhatyoudo

#animal    #filming    #natural history    #documentary    #penguin    #funny    #lovewhatyoudo    #innocent drinks    #twistedsifter    

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Poo(h) sticks and maggots.  

The other day someone asked me what I did for a living.  I thought about it for a split second and blurted out…

"Right now, I hang out with poo sticks and maggots"

Now if I was Winnie the Pooh this might mean I’ve been throwing sticks off bridges with Piglet, however, as I am not, what I meant was I’ve been poking poo with sticks.  Quite literally, poking (various) poo with sticks. I’m not quite sure where my life took such a turn….but it was all for a good cause.  You see for the past 6 weeks I’ve been working on a kids wildlife series, which has seen me tracking wildlife across Wales. I’ve been picking up worms (and squirming!), collecting fur, seeking hidden footprints, making friends with slow worms, and chasing the sun from North to South.

Its been fabulous roaming around my home patch and discovering all kinds of secrets, but alas filming is now over, and I’ve hung my poo sticks up to dry, at least for now.   

These pictures are a tiny glimpse into the places and creatures we came across along the way, the rest are a secret until the series comes out later this year. 

All that’s left to say is thanks for having me Aden and happy summer holidays UK. Go get your wildlife on. 

x

#wildlife    #wales    #aden productions    #maggots    #tiger moth    #slow worm    

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

70 Dead sharks washed up on the beach in Wales
Horrific scene on the Gower shoreline, in Wales today as 70 sharks were found dead on the beach.  
According to Wales Online … 
"Marine biologist Judith Oakley believes the grim marine catastrophe is the work of indiscriminate bottom trawling.
The industrial scale fishing process uses a large net with heavy weights to drag the seafloor and scoop up everything in its path.”
Judith counted 55 dead sharks including smoothhounds and catsharks.  If trawling was responsible, it is highly disappointing and quite simply highlights the damage this practice can cause.
There is no place for unregulated fishing be it in Asia, Europe, the Americas or elsewhere, trawling, purse seine nets, Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs) are highly damaging to the environment and our marine life.   
These 70 sharks may be a mere fraction of those being killed and processed in the shark fin trade and in the production of shark oil, HOWEVER it is a stark reminder of how amazing these creatures are and how much more they are worth alive than dead.  
Stop destructive fishing methods by only supporting those you know to be safe.  Get wise, get fish savvy. 

70 Dead sharks washed up on the beach in Wales

Horrific scene on the Gower shoreline, in Wales today as 70 sharks were found dead on the beach.  

According to Wales Online … 

"Marine biologist Judith Oakley believes the grim marine catastrophe is the work of indiscriminate bottom trawling.

The industrial scale fishing process uses a large net with heavy weights to drag the seafloor and scoop up everything in its path.”

Judith counted 55 dead sharks including smoothhounds and catsharks.  If trawling was responsible, it is highly disappointing and quite simply highlights the damage this practice can cause.

There is no place for unregulated fishing be it in Asia, Europe, the Americas or elsewhere, trawling, purse seine nets, Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs) are highly damaging to the environment and our marine life.   

These 70 sharks may be a mere fraction of those being killed and processed in the shark fin trade and in the production of shark oil, HOWEVER it is a stark reminder of how amazing these creatures are and how much more they are worth alive than dead.  

Stop destructive fishing methods by only supporting those you know to be safe.  Get wise, get fish savvy. 

#shark    #wales    #dead    #trawling    #fishing    #destructive    #wales online    #gower    #catshark    

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Got my Sunday afternoon creative thinking cap on, sipping coffee and developing some new programme ideas….I’m hoping they shape up as exciting as this one I worked on with Aden Productions in 2011. That’s presenter Iolo Williams off shore hanging out with Blue and Mako sharks in the Atlantic Ocean.  At the time I was above water helping  our above water camera man locate shark fins on the surface….desperate to fall over board for a glimpse of the body ;-) much to his horror.  Seeing the shark fins cut through the waves, knowing we’d found the animal we’d come to see, made my heart beat so fast as I felt the adrenaline pump, I just wish I had been going in too!

#shark    #blue shark    #mako shark    #filmcrew    #filming    #national geographic    #aden productions    #s4c    #gavin newman    

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Throw back Thursday to that day when @stevedeneef , Oneball and I along with around 10 other men piled a boat with fresh water and styrofoam, medicine and materials to visit the battered island of panagatan, #philippines after it was hit by #typhoonhaiyan .This boat was our home for three days jumping from island to island and sleeping on its deck. The film we made of our adventure #Tambalang featured the #seaweed farmers of Caluya. You can watch it at #BBCfresh #online

Throw back Thursday to that day when @stevedeneef , Oneball and I along with around 10 other men piled a boat with fresh water and styrofoam, medicine and materials to visit the battered island of panagatan, #philippines after it was hit by #typhoonhaiyan .This boat was our home for three days jumping from island to island and sleeping on its deck. The film we made of our adventure #Tambalang featured the #seaweed farmers of Caluya. You can watch it at #BBCfresh #online

#typhoonhaiyan    #philippines    #tambalang    #seaweed    #online    #bbcfresh    

Saturday, 5 July 2014

There are different stages to the shark fin trade, weather you are the one eating shark fin soup, making it, or you’re the fisherman being seduced by the money of a buyer to kill sharks, action by anyone within these levels against the trade can and will help stop this barbaric delicacy.   
About 73 million sharks are slaughtered yearly to satisfy the growing demand for shark fin soup in Asia — disrupting the fragile balance of marine ecosystems. We need shark in our ocean and not on our plates.  When the buying stops, the killing can, too.

There are different stages to the shark fin trade, weather you are the one eating shark fin soup, making it, or you’re the fisherman being seduced by the money of a buyer to kill sharks, action by anyone within these levels against the trade can and will help stop this barbaric delicacy.   

About 73 million sharks are slaughtered yearly to satisfy the growing demand for shark fin soup in Asia — disrupting the fragile balance of marine ecosystems. We need shark in our ocean and not on our plates.  When the buying stops, the killing can, too.

#sharks    #wwf    #campaign    #shark fin soup    #asia    #stop    #killing    #Fin    

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Loving these #summer days #summertime #longnights 😍

Loving these #summer days #summertime #longnights 😍

#summer    #summertime    #longnights    

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

I’ve been a bit quiet recently.  I’ve been running around fields, woodlands, towns, canals……looking for foxes, birds, hedgehogs, badgers, snakes, ladybirds, worms….and then suddenly, just for one day, I got to trade my wellies for a dress!!  

Which leads me on to say a massive shout out to my wonderful friend Ruth who got married this weekend.  The most hilarious wedding, filled with old school friends, too much tequila, our headmaster and one of the most hilarious wedding shoots I’ve been a part of.  

What an amazing start to the new Mr and Mrs Jones!!

(photographs are from the wonderful Kate Dunwell Photography)

#friends    #kate dunwell photography    

Sunday, 22 June 2014

What with the holidays coming up remember make sure you DON’T BUY exotic animal souvenirs. As this WWF campaign clearly shows, by buying into this industry you are promoting the killing of animals worldwide.  
Exotic souvenirs, can be anything from that shell necklace you think is pretty, to turtle shell items, ivory earrings, coral products, reptile-skin and of course big cat products.  
Shells and coral may seem harmless, but when you realise your souvenir is encouraging people to go into the ocean and steal these shells from creatures, especially endangered ones and that the coral which is an essential living animal is being taken away too, your necklace, ornament doesn’t seem so beautiful.  
Instead, go snorkelling enjoy the reef, marvel at the shells (don’t touch many are highly dangerous), and then you’ll realise they are more beautiful in the ocean than they ever will be on you.  

What with the holidays coming up remember make sure you DON’T BUY exotic animal souvenirs. As this WWF campaign clearly shows, by buying into this industry you are promoting the killing of animals worldwide.  

Exotic souvenirs, can be anything from that shell necklace you think is pretty, to turtle shell items, ivory earrings, coral products, reptile-skin and of course big cat products.  

Shells and coral may seem harmless, but when you realise your souvenir is encouraging people to go into the ocean and steal these shells from creatures, especially endangered ones and that the coral which is an essential living animal is being taken away too, your necklace, ornament doesn’t seem so beautiful.  

Instead, go snorkelling enjoy the reef, marvel at the shells (don’t touch many are highly dangerous), and then you’ll realise they are more beautiful in the ocean than they ever will be on you.  

#exotic    #souvenirs    #animal    #wwf    #conservation    #marine    #think    #snorkle    #ocean