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- The wildlife of Britain
Pauls Naturalist's Diary series takes an in depth look at some of the wildlife on view in the British Isles as he travels around the countryside throughout the seasons.
Paul has a great love for wild and remote areas, taking him away from the crowds and into some of the quieter areas to be found in Britain. In these quiet and often scenic spots Paul looks at the undisturbed wildlife and gives you the opportunity to see it through the lens of his broadcast quality Canon XL2 and more recently a Canon XL H1.
On other occasions the footage stems from Pauls great interest in ornithology and the rarities that occur on our shores. In these instances he is often accompanied by large crowds of like minded individuals. In either case the wildlife is always wonderful to see.
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Please take a look down this page which shows the most recent twin disc film of the wildlife Paul filmed in 2017. Further down the page the diary goes back to 2010 and all of the years in between.
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The price for the Naturalist's Diary set from 2010 to 2016 inclusive is £60.00 only. Please use the button below to purchase the set from 2010 to 2016 at a discounted price.
Please purchase the latest Naturalist's Diary films for 2017, 2018 and 2019 separately.
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"NEW - A Naturalist's Diary 2019"
The first three months of 2019 were spent close to home watching birds such as a Firecrest, Water Rail, Black Redstart and a Great Grey Shrike. We then headed into the Cairngorms at the end of March catching up with Snow Buntings moulting into breeding plumage and Ptarmigan still showing off their white winter feathers.
We spent a week in North Norfolk at the beginning of April where spring migrants were beginning to arrive and Marsh Harriers were nesting. April was also a month for ducks including Ferruginous Ducks and Scaup at Attenborough Nature Reserve plus Garganey at Potterick Carr.
Two of my favourite experiences of 2019 were either side of a fantastic mammal watching holiday in Finland at the end of June. Firstly at the end of April were two early morning trips onto the Welsh moors to watch lekking Black Grouse and secondly another trip up to the Scottish Cairngorms where I was lucky enough to watch Golden Eagles on the nest at the beginning of July.
As the year progressed we headed East where a fantastic Baikal Teal was discovered on Kilnsea Wetlands and Stone Curlews were filmed gathering at Cavenham Heath in Suffolk. We spent two days in Lancashire with the controversial Eastern Black-eared Wheatear at Fluke Hall then had a walk around Lunt Meadows where a pair of American Golden Plover had taken up residence.
At the end of the year we watched a wintering Slavonian Grebe at Attenborough Nature Reserve and an Eastern Yellow Wagtail was the last bird seen at Prestwick Carr in Northumberland on the 22 December.
The entire DVD set was filmed in High Definition and widescreen using Pauls Canon XL-H1 and his new Canon SX60. It shows approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes of high quality uncompressed digital video with complete menu accessed using your DVD players remote.
This DVD film "A Naturalist's Diary 2019" is available for purchase from £12.50 including postage and packing. Please select the correct postage option from the drop down menu to ensure delivery before clicking on the Buy it Now Button.
"A Naturalist's Diary 2018"
Having finished work in 2017 Paul had plenty of time to go out and film the wildlife of Britain in 2018. Early in the year he visited some local areas for Long-tailed Duck, Spotted Sandpiper, Cattle Egret, Kumlien's Gull and Black-throated Diver, whilst further afield a Penduline Tit was extremely confiding.
After a trip to Edinburgh in March he continued to look at the local wildlife with a few trips over to the east coast. A Green Heron was seen in Wales before hunting for dragonflies including Willow Emerald, Lesser Emperor and Southern Migrant Hawker.
In the high summer Paul spent many hours watching breeding Black-necked Grebes whilst Phalaropes were filmed in September before visiting Gravesend to watch Benny the Beluga in the Thames.
The final long haul trip of the year was to Treeve Moor near Land's End to search for the Grey Catbird before a few more local haunts were visited to see the year out.
Paul and Helen also spent another week in the Cairngorm Mountains early in the year again searching for some of the Scottish rarities for another DVD that Paul is producing. A peak at some of the wildlife found is shown on this DVD.
The entire DVD set was filmed in High Definition and widescreen using Pauls Canon XL-H1 and his new Canon SX60. It shows approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes of high quality uncompressed digital video with complete menu accessed using your DVD players remote.
This DVD film "A Naturalist's Diary 2018" is available for purchase from £12.50 including postage and packing. Please select the correct postage option from the drop down menu to ensure delivery before clicking on the Buy it Now Button.
"A Naturalist's Diary 2017"
Paul spent much of 2017 in the East Midlands and around the Lincolnshire coast filming some of our commoner birds as well as a few rarities like the juvenile Red-necked Phalarope at Covenham Reservoir and the juvenile Long-billed Dowitcher discovered closeby at Saltfleet.
Winter passerines including some beautiful Bramblings were filmed along with many winter wildfowl. Pauls favourite being a close encounter with a pair of Goosander at Rufford Country Park where he also filmed Hawfinches in the car park.
The rarities filmed included a Pine Bunting in Shropshire, Pacific Diver in Northumberland, White-billed Diver and a very confiding Bluethroat in Lincolnshire, the Hooded Merganser in Scotland and a Scop's Owl in Tyne and Wear.
During the warmer months Paul filmed some insects and flowers along with the Bee Eaters that attempted to breed in East Leake quarry.
Paul and Helen spent a week in the Cairngorm Mountains and surrounding areas searching for some of the Scottish rarities for another DVD that Paul is producing. A brief glimpse of some of the wildlife found is shown on this DVD.
In mid summer Paul and Helen accompanied Pauls parents and Nephew to the Picos de Europa in Northern Spain for a high mountain wildlife filming trip where rare mountain birds and butterflies were admired. A short selection of this footage is shown which has now been made into a DVD Searching for Butterflies in Northern Spain.
At the close of summer and a visit to Kelling Heath to search for Dartford Warblers and other heathland wildlife Paul completes the first disc with a visit to East Leake Quarry to enjoy the colourful Bee Eaters that had settled there.
In part 2, Paul begins with a second trip to East Leake Quarry followed by trips into the Peak District, Covenham Reservoir and Tyne and Wear. The DVD ends with a final few trips into Derbyshire to look at the snowy landscape and search for Hawfinches and Parrot Crossbills.
The entire DVD set was filmed in High Definition and widescreen using Pauls Canon XL-H1 and shows approximately 2 hours of high quality uncompressed digital video with complete menu accessed using your DVD players remote.
This DVD film "A Naturalist's Diary 2017" is available for purchase from £12.00 including postage and packing. Please select the correct postage option from the drop down menu to ensure delivery before clicking on the Buy it Now Button.
"A Naturalist's Diary 2015 & 2016"
Filmed in widescreen, this twin disc DVD set shows Paul's encounters with British wildlife from both 2015 and 2016. The two years have been combined as Paul spent much of his time filming and producing The British Mammal Guide in 2015 followed by a year in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District in 2016.
In 2015 we follow Pauls exploits as he visited the British countryside in the search of mammals. Several trips were made to RSPB Fowlmere near Cambridge and a site close by where the highlight of the year was filming Badger cubs on four evenings.
In 2015 we begin with a trip to North Norfolk in February, briefly watching a Stoat in Ermine and the many Brown Hares up to their antics in the surrounding fields. In March an American Laughing Gull is filmed at New Brighton and in April the mammal watching begins in earnest with our trips to Fowlmere near Cambridge. In amongst these trips Paul filmed local rarities of a Black-crowned Night Heron and a Red-throated Pipit in breeding plumage at Attenborough Nature Reserve and on Ludworth Moor.
After several trips to the Peak District, Fowlmere and finally Scarborough to film Harbour Porpoise from Marine Drive, the year was closed out with many visits to Bradgate Park in Leicestershire and Calke Abbey in Derbyshire to watch and film the excitement of the rut, with grunting Fallow Deer bucks and roaring Red Deer stags.
In 2015 three Scottish trips included the Outer Hebrides to film the waders and wildlife of the machair. The Lochaber area around Fort William was visited where Pine Martens were watched and filmed at close quarters and the final Scottish excursion was to Orkney Mainland and surrounding islands in search of the Orkney Vole. These have all been included at the end of this DVD.
2016 was a much more relaxed year with Paul spending much of his time in the Derbyshire Peak District filming the changing seasons and interesting wildlife of the moorland Peaks and the riverine Dales. After spending April through into June in the Peak District Paul and Helen headed to the North West of Scotland to search for the wonderful wildlife around Beinn Eighe nature reserve and Gairloch followed by a stay in Speyside. The main purpose of this trip was to find some of Scotlands rarer dragonflies and damselflies.
Paul then spent more time in the Peak District filming the local wildlife. However, with the onset of autumn a varied range of interesting migrant birds found their way into the country and Paul travelled mainly to the East coast filming some of these long distance migrants, including Eastern Crowned Warbler, Jack Snipe, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Olive-backed Pipit, Siberian Accenter and Isabelline Wheatear.
As winter approached a beautiful Eastern Black Redstart was watched and filmed along the Northumbrian coast whilst the last birdwatching trip of the year was to the friendly village of Camrose in Pembrokeshire to spend the day with the locals and a Masked Wagtail.
The final few weeks of the year were enjoyed in the Peak District watching wintering thrushes including a Dusky Thrush that was discovered in Beeley village on the Chatsworth estate.
Each disc shows approximately 70 minutes of high quality uncompressed digital video in widescreen with complete menu accessed using your DVD players remote.
This DVD film "A Naturalist's Diary 2015 & 2016" is available for purchase from £12.00 including postage and packing. Please select the correct postage option from the drop down menu to ensure delivery before clicking on the Buy it Now Button.
"A Naturalist's Diary 2010"
The first of the Naturalist's Diary series was produced in 2010. Paul spent many hours out filming in the British countryside and decided instead of keeping the footage to himself he would share the experience in the form of a DVD.
The story began on a cold January morning watching a vagrant Black-throated Thrush in the North Yorkshire village of Newholm.
It continued through the year, showing you various aspects of British wildlife that include winter birds, spring reptiles plus summer insects and flowers.
As autumn set in and nature began to slow down as a final trip was made to find a Pied-billed Grebe from across the Atlantic that had found its way to Hollingworth Lake Country Park in Lancashire.
The footage shows approximately 65 minutes of high quality uncompressed digital video with complete menu accessed using your DVD players remote.
This DVD film "A Naturalist's Diary 2010" is available for purchase from £9.95 including postage and packing.
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"A Naturalist's Diary 2011"
This is Pauls personal account of his travels around the British countryside in 2011, showing over 2 hours of British wildlife footage.
This wildlife video diary begins on a freezing January afternoon as Paul watches a Barn Owl and a Short-eared Owl hunting together at Willington Gravel Pits in Derbyshire.
It continues through the year showing beautiful spring orchids, Water Voles, breeding British birds, migrant waders, amazing dragonflies and much more.
As the weather again turns cold Paul takes a final trip on Christmas Eve to watch displaying Goosander on Nottingham University boating lake.
This production shows approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes of high quality uncompressed digital video with a complete menu accessed using your DVD players remote.
For an itemised list of all the wildlife shown on this DVD please select
Naturalist's Diary 2011 Contents to take a look.
This twin DVD film "A Naturalist's Diary 2011" is available for purchase from £14.95 including postage and packing.
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"A Naturalist's Diary 2012"
Another twin DVD set showing Pauls travels around the British countryside in 2012. The broadcast quality footage shows approximately 2 hours of British wildlife .
The diary begins in Hampshire on a cold January morning searching for a Spanish Sparrow, followed by an afternoon in the New Forest watching a vagrant Dark-eyed Junco from America.
The diary continues through the year showing aspects local to Paul such as the beautiful Peak District and more distant regions like the coasts of Norfolk and even over the Scottish border in Fife.
The final trip of the year was to Rufford Country Park where many common wintering birds showed themselves well at makeshift feeding stations.
Some of the other wildlife shown on this DVD is noted below:
Wintering Thrushes at Luddenden Dean in Yorkshire, Ducks and Geese along the Norfolk Coast, Crossbills in West Sussex and Deer in the Snow.
Two visits were made to Pagham Harbour in freezing conditions looking for a Paddyfield Warbler whilst a day was spent in Wales for a rare Common Yellowthroat from America and a Lesser Scaup.
In February and March visits were made for Smew and common water birds on local Nottinghamshire gravel pits. A mixture of waders, gulls and terns were enjoyed at Frampton Marsh in May and a trip was taken to Herefordshire for a beautiful Cream-coloured Courser. The first disc also shows a couple of visits into the Derbyshire Peak District to look at local breeding birds such as Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers and ends with a calling Ring Ouzel.
The second disc begins again in June watching a dramatically coloured Roller on the Yorkshire coast near Spurn. Paul visited Lakenheath in Suffolk before heading to Bulgaria for three weeks in July. On his return in August he checked out some woodlands to find Violet Helleborines, various butterflies, hoverflies and crickets. A walk was taken along Grantham Canal watching dragonflies and fish with more dragonflies at Spurn near Hull.
Autumn birding found Paul at Rainham Marshes, Gibraltar Point and making a northwards journey to Seaburn in Durham for a Bee Eater and then up into Fife for an Eastern Olivaceous Warbler.
Finally in December local haunts were visited for Waxwings and common wintering birds plus a final twitch was made for a rare Buff-bellied Pipit in Berkshire.
This twin DVD film "A Naturalist's Diary 2012" is available for purchase from £12.95 including postage and packing.
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"A Naturalist's Diary 2013"
In 2013 Paul set out to look at some of the heathland wildlife to be found in Britain including the six native reptile species.
Paul was gratefully shown a colony of Sand Lizards with the males in their breeding colours and a large Smooth Snake was discovered at Arne RSPB reserve. Here our largest arachnid, the Raft Spider was filmed on a small acidic bog pool.
The Farne Islands feature on this twin DVD set after Paul made two visits to the islands to film the breeding sea birds. A third trip was made later in the year to capture footage of the rare vagrant Bridled Tern that roosted on Inner Farne for several weeks.
Time was spent filming insects that included several Bumblebee species, Great Green Bush Crickets and the Long-tailed Blue butterflies that bred along the south coast in 2013.
A local wintering Bittern was filmed in icy conditions early in the year whilst migratory Stone Curlews were captured in the autumn at a heathland roost site in Suffolk.
Rarer birds were sought including a male Harlequin Duck in the Outer Hebrides, a Dusky Thrush in Margate and a Brunnich's Guillemot in Portland Harbour.
Some of the other wildlife shown on this DVD includes:
Common birds on feeders at Clumber Park and Carburton Lakes, the Crane Project at Slimbridge and a Grey-headed Wagtail in Leicestershire. Wildfowl and waders were admired on the Lincolnshire coast before Paul and Helen travelled to Dorset for a weeks holiday looking at the wildlife of the Heathland there.
Part 1 ends with a walk around Attenborough Nature reserve, admiring common plants and the insects associated with them including Bumblebees butterflies and a Snail Eating Fly.
Part 2 begins on the Farne Islands filming sea birds in windy conditions before taking a look at more insects and invertebrates at Ham Wall in Somerset and Fermyn Woods in Northamptonshire.
More interesting birds were filmed including a Caspian Tern, Black-crowned Night Heron, Spoonbill and various waders.
Sites in Norfolk and Suffolk were visited to film four species of Emerald Damselflies and a cryptically coloured Wryneck was encountered in close up at Strumpshaw Fen.
A wonderfully tame Great Snipe was filmed at Kilnsea and a Lesser Grey Shrike was admired at Leiston in Suffolk.
Three trips were made to the Kent coast to find the British bred Long-tailed Blue butterflies along with migrant moths and Great Green Bush Crickets.
Towards the end of the year birds again predominated and these included a Nottinghamshire Glossy Ibis, a Welsh Western Orphean Warbler, a Starling Murmuration in a magnificent sunset in the Peak District and Pauls second and third Crossbill species of the year.
To round off a great year and possibly Pauls best and favourite video diary up to date were two new birds for him in a single day. The mega rare Brunnich's Guillemot in Portland Harbour and finally a superb White-billed Diver in Brixham Harbour.
This twin DVD film "A Naturalist's Diary 2013" is available for purchase from £14.75 including postage and packing.
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"A Naturalist's Diary 2014"
Pauls 2014 offering, filmed in widescreen, shows the wildlife encountered during his travels around the British countryside in 2014 including two week long visits to Scotland, the first to Dumfries and Galloway in April and the second trip to the Fort William area during May.
The story begins at Loch Flemington near Inverness in January watching an American Coot in freezing conditions. Local visits were made to Broomhead Reservoir in January to check on the remaining Two-barred Crossbills and Broomhead Moor in February where the Red Grouse were beginning to stir.
Shire Valley in Gloucestershire held a first winter Juvenile Red-flanked Bluetail that was delighting the crowds and Pembrokeshires Giltar Point was home for a Great-spotted Cuckoo for a short period in March.
Paul visited Woodwalton Fen to look for Chinese Water Deer on two separate occasions.
In April during a week long trip to Dumfries and Galloway Barnacle Geese and other wintering wildfowl were a delight to see plus a trip to Langholm Moors revealed breeding Hen Harriers and hunting Short-eared Owls.
Whilst staying at Glenloy Lodge just outside of Fort William in May, Paul picked up several highland specialities including Red Squirrel, Black-throated and Great Northern Diver, Chequered Skipper, Black Grouse and Pine Marten.
Part 1 ends with a trip to Norfolk to find a Black-headed Bunting at West Runton and a visit to Strumpshaw Fen.
We begin Part 2 in Dorset at Higher Hyde Heath during the month of June searching out reptiles including the colourful Sand Lizard. Other places of interest visited in June included Egginton Common and Bleaklow, both close to Pauls home where he found many insects and his first ever Bilberry Bumblebees.
Another trip to Norfolk was required to watch the lonely nest building male Spectacled Warbler at Burnham Overy Staithe.
July and August were quiet months with short trips out to Cotgrave Forest, Cromford Canal and Cheedale.
With the autumn migration in September a rare juvenile Masked Shrike appeared at Kilnsea on the east coast of Yorkshire and in October the deer of Bradgate Park were filmed on a misty morning.
November was a month of autumnal colours at Chatsworth Park and further rarities including a Citrine Wagtail and Rough-legged Buzzard were found on the Yorkshire coast close to Scarborough.
The year ended with a trip out in the snow to Ladybower Reservoir in the high Peak where flocks of Brambling were feeding amongst the trees on the snowy ground.
This Naturalist's Diary film lasting approximately 95 minutes is available for purchase from £11.95 including postage and packing. Please select the correct postage option to ensure delivery.