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You never stop learning!

A follow up to “Ongoing Research – slowly building up the knowledge base!” – You never stop learning!


You never stop learning, well I also never stop undertaking my own research or following that of others. This post is a very brief one and perhaps I should entitle it “The research continues”.

Below is a replicated screen grab of my 2400th uploaded Evernote note as uploaded into Trello. I simply thought I would share it with you.

Evernote note number 2400 uploaded onto Trello

Not much blogging of late as I’ve been otherwise engaged in my freelancing activities. However, I’m always on the search for more work so please get in touch if I can help your business out in any way. For instance, I’m currently engaged in a few bird surveying projects in Southern and Central parts of the UK but I’m always on the look out for more.

Speaking of which, let’s have some record shots of some of those young birds which might just be in your backyard at the current time.

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Ongoing Research – slowly building up the knowledge base!

As of this afternoon, I have completed a first stage of many by documenting my scanned (poorly) handwritten notes for a personal research project I have in mind. An example from one of the 184 notes I have uploaded in recent days is shown below.

*be prepared for a geek moment

Doxie 0240 example - Yellow Wagtail 1

Doxie scanned example of handwritten notes – Yellow Wagtail 1



I have also tagged them within Evernote with various wordings for later referencing. For those of you who don’t know what Evernote is, it is a digital note-taking software package and is available with both offline and online versions. Below is an example screen grab of my current Evernote setup for the purposes of this Bird Research Project.


Evernote setup screen grab example - Yellow Wagtail 1

Evernote setup screen grab example – Yellow Wagtail 1


I may eventually try to find a way of incorporating this growing evidence base of notes of viable conservation measures onto Trello. Again, for those unaware of this particular Social Media tool, it is pretty much, a Project Management software package. Please follow the previously stated URLs for further information on both programs.


Trello Naturestimeline Birds and Birding Board screen grab example

Trello Naturestimeline Birds and Birding Board screen grab example

In addition to my aforementioned handwritten notes, I have amassed a whole host of referable sources covering numerous topics in recent months. As with anything entrepreneurial, one obstacles will probably be a lack of funds and it is also a very time-consuming process to boot. Nonetheless, as you can see, I have big plans for Naturestimeline, Naturestimeline StandUp4Nature and UKbirdingtimeline in the future. Should you be interested in finding out more, just drop me an email at info AT naturestimeline dot com. Who knows, we might be able to work together for the common good and attempt to address that most pertinent of questions “why birds matter and how to conserve them”.


Best Wishes


Tony Powell




naturestimeline Education services – “A conservation professional sharing his personal perspective on breaking news stories from the world of nature alongside his own accounts from the field.”



see also – https://naturestimeline.com/2016/05/13/you-never-stop-learning/


Bird Science as a career

It is about time this blog received some input, the birding element is actually a huge part of my current career activities. In fact, I’ve been a birder and general naturalist for more years than I care to remember. However, in recent times, I have matured into a more inquisitive individual, always on the search for answers to nature’s riddles.

A fascinating article I recently read was in Animal Conservation from The Zoological Society of London entitled “How can quantitative ecology be attractive to young scientists? Balancing computer/desk work with fieldwork**

*official doi is listed at the bottom of this post, however you can view here for full free access to the above article

Well, I can proudly say I am a keen advocate of both. The recent Bird Atlas is a fine example of data gathering at its very best. Bird Atlas 2007-2011 contained some 19 million observations of 502 bird species recorded as either breeding or wintering within the United Kingdom. As with any Atlas project there were several intriguing accounts, but for me the questions remain, what are the Conservation Professionals to do with all this freshly acquired data? Can you or I, as a result of our data being shared with them, change things for the better for those species already threatened? This clearly is a case of where gathering field observations alongside number-crunching by expert Data Analysts could lead to a better future for our birds and more effective conservation practice. Yes or no!

Bird Atlas courtesy of Phil Slade's http://anotherbirdblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Bird Atlas courtesy of Phil Slade’s anotherbirdblog.blogspot.co.uk/

For a great many bird species these declines continue unabated. The reasons contemplated are wide-ranging and have been discussed at length in journal publications and articles on a global-level. So why are we not making the anticipated progress? In a lot of circumstances I guess public misconception of sound conservation practice and a lack of understanding of population dynamics may well play a part. This has to be an opportunity for “old dogs” to teach upcoming youth “new tricks”. Get out there, observe and learn from nature, pick up those books when back from the field and become the nature detectives and ornithology scientists of the future.


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