Author Archives: Amanda Tuke

Fabulous feathers feature – something a bit different…

I had a lovely time writing this deep dive feature into the world of feathers for Bird Watching Magazine, inspired by a Jay feather I found in Sydenham Hill Wood, my local patch.

Thirty-minute birder series: Inside Out

I often meet inspiring writers but Helen Jones is way up there. This month’s feature in Bird Watching Magazine, about birdwatching through the window was the perfect opportunity to share her writing with the magazine’s readers.

Thirty-minute birder series: singing in the rain

Birding in the rain is fun and can be productive… who knew?? Well, it turns out quite a few people actually.

Thirty-minute birder series: Wild nights out

Hoping for a glimpse of Little Owls, Nightingales and Nightjars, I work on getting braver about birdwatching in the dark for the August bumper issue of fabulous Bird Watching Magazine.

Thirty-minute birder series: Run Birding

There has to be a way of squeezing in more birding when you’ve not got much time, and, oh yes, there is, but it won’t suit everyone. This article for lovely Bird Watching Magazine was a great excuse to grill my friend Sharon and others on how they combine running with their birdwatching and to […]

Thirty-minute birder series: Man’s best friend, but not a bird’s…

This was probably the most tricky article I’ve written, closely followed by one about rare plant reintroductions. Both controversial topics and in both cases you know that most people will think you didn’t go far enough in one direction or the other. On the other hand I did meet some lovely people as I often […]

Thirty-minute birder series: Pedal power – Bird Watching Magazine

I’m always on the look out for ways of tricking myself into getting more exercise so birding by bike is the obvious solution to adding to #My200BirdYear in the May 2022 issue.

#ThumbnailNature – Oh Alexanders!

While I’m fond of you, frankly my dear Alexanders, you smell terrible. Spring has brought your tiny stinky sulphur flowers with lavish curls & deely bopper stamens. An aphid languidly waves antennae under my scrutiny, lumbers through the flowering umbel & then plays peekaboo behind the juicy trunk of a stem.

#ThumbnailNature – Someone’s been busy in the pond…

I heard a splash, my daughter says, as she opens the backdoor. There’s a sumptuous heap of spawn in the middle of our pond. Now why have I just started thinking about bubble tea, I say, and she makes an ugghhh face, but leaves with a smile. Little things.

Thirty-minute birder series: Take the Aire – Bird Watching Magazine

Visiting the university was a great opportunity to squeeze in some birdwatching in Leeds, and thanks to the generosity of some local birders, in particular Abi and Hep aka The Considerate Birders, I had a great time.