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The art of interpreting wildlife at RSPB Ynys-hir

The fleeting, changeable and unpredictable nature of wildlife is part of why we love it. It also makes it aggravatingly difficult to interpret. RSPB Ynys-hir rises to the challenge brilliantly Wild things hide, skulk about and don’t show up on demand. … Continue reading

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A job well done: Window on Wild Lindisfarne

They liked it. Visitors really liked it. They walked into the room and said ‘Wow!’ out loud. That was what we had wanted, after all this was Window on Wild Lindisfarne, or WoW for short. Yes, it was a tiny room, … Continue reading

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Interpreting conflicts in carnivore conservation

I like and admire a country that sets a minimum population size for its large carnivores. Sweden does this for bear, wolf, wolverine and lynx. This of course is contentious, especially among people whose livelihoods and way of life are … Continue reading

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Wildlife or historical interpretation – which is easier?

The grass does always look greener on the other side of the track. When I train wildlife interpreters they frequently complain that historical interpretation is so much easier because of ‘all those stories and characters that you have to work … Continue reading

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Jargon-busting for writers: ‘ecology’

Last week, I  asked my workshop participants to tell me what makes for good writing for the public.  One of the things they all knew is that we must use familiar words. No jargon, they said. Abandon the technical and specialist … Continue reading

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Fun and games – powerful communicators in wildlife interpretation

Why do these flags fly at WWT Caerlaverock? What are they? Is that the flag of Norway? What’s going on? I am pretty sure that’s exactly why these flags are flying – to puzzle visitors, to set us thinking. Specifically … Continue reading

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NEW Revised guideline on telling people about seasonal wildlife!

Most trainers agree that we learn as much from our workshop participants as they learn from us.  In our new “Creating Great Wildlife Viewing Experiences’ workshop for  Forestry Commission Scotland, I learned I was wrong – not about everything, but one … Continue reading

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