Category Archives: Wildlife

Gillespie Park

The description ‘oasis in the city’ is a bit hackneyed but in this case perfectly true. I can’t believe it has taken me six years to visit this local nature reserve, just 20 minutes walk from my front door. Gillespie Park is … Continue reading

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In praise of small things

This is one of my favourite times of year – after a week of warm weather it feels like Spring has really arrived. This morning I had one of those moments where I felt really connected with the natural world … Continue reading

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From Subic to Zoobic

For various reasons our plans to spend a few days travelling in the north of the country never came to fruition, and we have had to make do with daytrips instead. On Saturday we returned to Subic, where we had … Continue reading

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Brownouts, beaches and bugbites

Time has pretty much run out for our holiday in the Philippines; we fly out first thing on Tuesday (today is Saturday). Tonight we are having an early birthday celebration for Mary Ann at the old house in San Simon. … Continue reading

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With the world’s ‘smallest monkey’ – the Tarsier

Actually, the title is a bit of a cheat, because tarsiers are not monkeys, though they are primates and they’re not even the world’s smallest primates. But that is how they are often described in the tourist adverts. The Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius … Continue reading

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Nalusuan

Nalusuan Island must surely be one of the world’s smallest inhabited islands. In fact, it is largely artificial – there isn’t much more here than a sandbank which is uncovered at low tide. Even the seven cottages which provide accommodation … Continue reading

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Baby turtles in Bataan

Pawikan is the Filipino word for ‘sea turtle’ and several species of these wonderful creatures live in Philippines waters. Although there are several organisations dedicated to conserving the sea turtle, the Pawikan Conservation Center in Bataan is unique because it … Continue reading

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