Author: NTGates

May 30, 2018 NTGates No comments exist

The European brown bear has an incredible refuge in Europe. I went to search for them in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains in October 2017. Romania has somewhere in the region of 5-6,000 wild brown bears, having recovered from around 1,000 individuals in the early 20th century. The reason that Romania is The Bear capital of Europe (well,…

March 11, 2018 NTGates 1 comment

Anyone can spot their first wild boar… If you know where to look..! Wild boar are undoubtedly Britain’s toughest, and one of Britain’s largest  mammals. They are the wild species from which all domestic pigs were selectively bred from. But whilst the UK has around 4 million domestic pigs, we only have a few thousand truly…

March 9, 2018 NTGates No comments exist

Who knew we had flamingos in Europe, and that they’re just a quick and easy flight away!? To get over our December blues, a few friends and I decided to seek out some winter sun. A quick trawl of flights revealed that Majorca was a cheap and easy getaway and in an impulsive flash –…

February 14, 2018 NTGates 2 comments

I grew up visiting the New Forest every summer with my grandparents. They had a big old camper van that we’d have to pack everything back into whenever we wanted to drive anywhere else. We turned the tables into beds and a drop down compartment above the front seats made a bunk berth. My siblings…

November 4, 2015 NTGates No comments exist

Have you seen those brilliant photos showing the inside of a blue tit’s nest, with young chicks reaching up to be fed by the entering parent? If that’s the shot you’re trying to emulate, there’s a good chance it was taken using the method I’ll describe below. It involves quite a degree of planning, but…