Pilot /ˈpʌɪlət/ Maritime: ‘A person with expert local knowledge …’ Seabirds were the mariner’s pilots of the 1860s. These ocean wanderers earned their prestigious pilot status guiding fishermen to profitable catches out at sea. On cold, foggy nights, the calls of a thousand breeding birds guarded merchant sailors off perilous rocky coasts. However, as pleasure… Read More Mariner’s pilots
A couple of years ago, my siblings and I were sat around our world map at home, discussing the places we’ve been lucky enough to visit. And we are lucky – between the three of us we’ve clocked up quite a good coverage of our wonderful planet, leaving us with a wanderlust for future travels… Read More Antarctica: my trip to the seventh continent
I write this as I am travelling the furthest South I’ve ever been to the largest known colony of antarctic petrels, these beautiful birds: I’m on my way to Svarthamaren, roughly 200km inland on the Antarctic continent, home to approximately 200,000 breeding pairs of antarctic petrels. As well as antarctic petrels, there are two other species… Read More En route to Antarctica!