Archive for April 2009

RFI Lonodn

April 16, 2009

I will have a layover at London Heathrow on May 8th from 7:40 am ’til 8:35 pm. I would like to get out to some kind of natural area as anything would be a lifer for me. Is there any place in the area that is reachable by public transport?  The animal I would most like to see would be a hedgehog. Any advice would be great. Thanks,


Trip Report – SW USA

April 3, 2009

Mike Richardson spent 3 weeks in California, Arizona and Texas at the start of this year.  A trip report featuring 22 species is linked to the bottom of the relevant pages on my site, eg



New Trip Report – Queensland

April 3, 2009

Dion Hobcraft spent 3 weeks in Queensland last year and looked for mammals instead of birds – he racked up a very impressive 70 species including 2 that I haven’t been able to find in Australia.  His report is linked to the bottom of


Monkeys and Mochilas

April 1, 2009


Cotton-top tamarins are incredibly cool animals, and you have a good chance of seeing them in a number of places in Colombia. I had the opportunity to visit El Ceibal, a project run by Proyecto Titi, when I was there (read my trip report for mammal watching notes). The cotton-top tamarins aren’t faring the best, due to wood cutting and poaching by villagers living near reserves.

Proyecto Titi has a great project to provide alternative income to these villages: The villagers collect plastic bags, cut them into strips and sew them into “eco-mochila” bags. These are marketed at zoos like Disney’s Animal Kingdom and on-line. It’s reducing the considerable litter of the Colombian countryside and the tamarins are thriving in areas near the mochila projects. It’s a nice gift idea that is helping wild mammals.

Read more.

View photos of the project.

Matt Miller