My name is Harry. I am a regular 17 year old boy. I love playing sport, especially football (also squash and cricket), supporting my local team, doing stuff with friends and playing FIFA. Much like the vast majority of lads my age. Except one thing, my passion for wildlife. In my opinion it is utterly stupid that wildlife is seen as something not cool, or even normal in my generation. Having been teased (I wouldn’t say bullied) about my love of wildlife when I was younger I have kept it secret throughout high school and have denied it point blank on multiple occasions. But now I am no longer hiding it, though not exactly promoting it. I hope that in the future the jeers of the judgemental teenage society can turn away from wildlife watching and accept it for what it once was seen as, a normal pastime.
I live in the Hull area, so am a big Hull City fan, and I have enjoyed all aspects of nature ever since I can remember catching sticklebacks in rivers and watching Bill Oddie programmes as a very young child. While I would definitely be classed as a birder I wouldn’t say that was my main interest. That would have to be the smaller things in nature: reptiles (which I am sad to say are mostly scarce, to say the least, in the arable lands of East Yorkshire), amphibians and insects (especially dragonflies and Lepidoptera) but, most of all, butterflies. There is something unfathomable, ethereal about the other dimension that butterflies bring to nature that personifies summer and, overall, true mystic wonder. They, I find, allow one to connect completely with the web of Mother Nature. I also do Pan-Species Listing and this as helped me appreciate the more obscure wildlife of our isles.
I also try my hand at photography, mostly of nature and am passionate about the conservation of our species so I try to help with causes as much as I can. I volunteer for organisations such as Butterfly Conservation, the BTO, the RSPB and the National Trust. In the future I hope to go to university to study zoology or ecology and become a nature writer, conservationist and/or wildlife TV presenter.
This is my blog about my experiences with nature. I also intend to speak out about wildlife issues and aid their causes as much as I can.
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