Wildlife and Countryside Quiz of 2009

Here’s a challenge for you – have you been paying attention to the UK wildlife and countryside news this year? Review your knowledge with the Ranger’s quick quiz of the year – then come back and tell us how you did!

Of course, it would be easy to find the answers using Google, but you won’t have so much fun if you do. The quiz is hosted elsewhere on Naturenet – this blog doesn’t lend itself to quiz-type pages. But do come back afterwards, and tell us how you did, and your wildlife highlights of 2009.

British Wildlife Photography Awards: Follow up

What a great night! I promised an update and here it is. Naturenet was very pleased to be invited to the BWPA awards ceremony, where The Ranger used Twitter to report live from Hoopers gallery, Clerkenwell, where it was all happening.

Matt Chatfield, Nick Baker and Ross Hoddinot at the BWPA

Matt Chatfield of Naturenet chats to host Nick Baker and overall winner Ross Hoddinot in front of the winning entry at the BWPA 2009

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British Wildlife Photography Awards: Category Winners

The Ranger is reporting the winners from the BWPA ceremony at Hoopers Gallery, London. There are some remarkable pictures here, really wonderful stuff. But of course there can only be so many awards given, and one overall winner. We’ve got access to those top images courtesy of BWPA. So read on to enjoy the cream of British wildlife photography right here on Naturenet.

British Wildlife Photography Awards

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British Wildlife Photography Awards

The BWPA ceremony is this Wednesday and Naturenet will be there! We’ve been invited along to see the awards presented, and maybe even do some live tweeting or blogging from the auditorium.

British Wildlife Photography Awards

So keep your eyes on Naturenet if you’re interested to see what’s going on. Plus, the Ranger wants to know, did any readers enter the competition? Or were you tempted, but decided not to? What do you think of the BWPA so far – and what should they do next year? Come on, you can tell us. Leave your comment below – and if we get a few photos to show perhaps I might do a follow-up post of Naturenet readers’ BWPA entries, or non-entries.

Red Squirrel (c) all rights reserved Nick Bradley

Isle of Wight Walking Festival Competition

Yay! We’ve got some freebies to give away to one lucky Ranger’s Blog reader. It’s nearly time for the Isle of Wight Walking Festival – now officially the UK’s largest walking festival. From May 9th to the 24th there are over 300 walks to choose from – and much of the festival is absolutely free. There’s even one walk with The Virtual Ranger himself, in person, and not surprisingly it’s got a hi-tech theme. So yes, I’m absolutely going to say it’s great because I’m in it.

Isle of Wight Walking Festival goodies

The nice people at the Isle of Wight Council have given us this goodie bag to give to the lucky winner of our Twitter competition. You get a T-shirt, some badges, some leaflets, a nice yellow lightweight rucksack (not in the picture) and the highlight, a special edition Walking Festival 1:25000 OS map of the Isle of Wight. Find out how to enter – for free – after the jump. Continue reading Isle of Wight Walking Festival Competition

The Channel Creature?

The Ranger has been sent a link to a campaigning organisation called the ‘Association of Maritime Research’. They’re a newly-formed association who are reporting on what they claim is a ‘large fast-moving object’ in the English Channel.

The Channel Creature?

There’s even a video showing the thing allegedly zooming along. Frankly, it’s all a bit mysterious – and a little look at the Association of Maritime Research looks, well, a bit fishy. Continue reading The Channel Creature?

British Wildlife Photography Awards now open!

We’re pretty excited about the new British Wildlife Photography Awards, and the award scheme is now open for entries.

British Wildlife Photography Awards

Between now and 31st July 2009 it’s your chance to get into the inaugural year of what looks like it could become the definitive UK wildlife photo comp. Now there is no shortage of such competitions, so what makes this one different – if anything? Continue reading British Wildlife Photography Awards now open!

Give bees a chance

The Ranger’s friends at Gift to Nature have come up with a great idea to promote bee-friendly gardening, and raise some funds for their worthy project to support the Isle of Wight’s nature. They’ve given us here at Naturenet a couple of samples of their new beewicks; intriguing-looking things which they cleverly made themselves:

Bee wicks

So, what are these, and how do they save bees? Read on to find out. Continue reading Give bees a chance

Hantsweb Awards 2007: the results are in

Well, our exciting overseas jaunt to Basingstoke was today, and the result was… we didn’t win. Bother! But, hey, it was a great event and we got to go to Basingstoke. Naturenet was runner-up in the Best Rural Enterprise Website category, sponsored by SEEDA, and we received a very fine certificate!

At the Hantsweb Awards 2007

Naturenet staff at the Hantsweb Awards 2007
The moment of glory on the big stage

It was a glittering ceremony, with appearances from the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, and Steve Power, amongst other luminaries. Afterwards there was a buffet lunch and a chance to chat with many of the other finalists and judges. Lots of good networking went on. The food was pretty good too!

CJ had never had caviare before!

Naturenet sends congratulations to the only other Isle of Wight finalist, iwight.com, the Isle of Wight Council website which deservedly won the Best Public Services Website category, sponsored by EPI-USE.

Iwight.com team at the Hantsweb Awards 2007

They were very supportive and cheered us on – and Chairman of the IW Council Cllr Mr Roger Mazillius even showed his support by joining in the Naturenet team photo!

Cllr Mazillius lends a hand to the Naturenet team!

Oh well – it was fun, although we didn’t win. But there’s always next year!