Saga of Vlad the vole: Chapter two

After the success of sustaining Vlad for the first night, things swiftly developed. Goats milk feeds were every 2 hours during the day and he was loving it! Occasional solids were offered, but he didn't show any interest in these until another few days, the picky blighter. Day 2 went on well with little to update on, but it was either that night or the next where things got a bit emotional.

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Saga of Vlad the Vole: Chapter one

Its been nearly a week since Molly and I became the sudden foster parents to a small baby bank vole (Clethrionomys glareolus) who shall here forth be known as Vlad. I've been avoiding writing about him for that duration out of fear that he may not last long without the care of a mother vole, … Continue reading Saga of Vlad the Vole: Chapter one

West Highland Way 2016: Rain rain go away (Day 2)

There is something so natural about waking in a tent. Sunlight strikes your eyes in early morning. Its confusing and bright, so you search for some source of time. 05:40 flashes at you as bleary eyes struggle to focus and the brain tries to decipher this information like it's algebra. Next comes the sound. Wind … Continue reading West Highland Way 2016: Rain rain go away (Day 2)

West Highland Way 2016: A comfortable start (Day 1)

I think it must have been the end of first year university, during the summer holiday, when mindlessly browsing the inter space I came across an article describing the "top 10 hikes to do in Europe". I had just come back from 4 weeks in Cyprus volunteering at a turtle research program and my wanderlust … Continue reading West Highland Way 2016: A comfortable start (Day 1)

Eating Wild: Getting hooked on spearfishing

As part of my life goal to achieve a certain degree of self sufficiency in food products, I've taken to the seas. At home, fish plays a pretty regular role on our dinner plates. On my Mothers side of the family is a Mediterranean (Maltese) background, so inspired by this we've been blessed with all … Continue reading Eating Wild: Getting hooked on spearfishing

My post-grad update #2: The species behind the research

Sea flap flaps, sea pancakes, Haray Potter, these are just a taster of names that can be applied to the beautiful and majestic animals that I'm fortunate enough to study as part of my post-graduate research program. I say "fortunate" because as a student of bioscience I've come to realise through experience that despite a … Continue reading My post-grad update #2: The species behind the research