Steve's Herpetological Blog

An insight into the life of Steve, his research and the many books he reads

Wildlife

#SteveReviews: Bugs – Nature’s Little Superheroes

Following on from reading A Buzz in the Meadow, I decided to see if I could find a documentary on Amazon Prime Video regarding insects. You’ll be glad to know that I found one that caught my eye, not least…

#SteveReviews: Untamed Romania

This is going to be the last Netflix orientated review for a while, as I delve into the wonders of Amazon Prime Video. There is no particular reason other than the fact that I’ve exhausted all of the wildlife and…

#SteveReviews: Virunga

If the title of this moving documentary film didn’t already give it away, it’s main focus is the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in the beginning, like most I…

#SteveReviews: Beak and Brain

For a long time, as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated by the unique fauna of New Zealand. Thankfully I was given the opportunity to visit earlier this year and see some it for myself. I wish I…

#SteveReviews: Absurd Planet!

I recently found out about a new wildlife documentary series on Netflix called Absurd Planet! that was released earlier in April this year. The number of nature documentaries coming out at the moment is just what I need to see…

#StevesLibrary: The Secret Network of Nature

Once again I find myself reading the natural history writings of German author Peter Wohlleben, thankfully though they’ve been translated into English. After reading the other two books in his bestselling ‘Mysteries of Nature’ trilogy The Hidden Life of Trees…

#SteveReviews: Dancing with the Birds

Netflix has taken a plunge into wildlife film making in recent times. Last year we had the moving Our Planet narrated by Sir David Attenborough but 2019 also gave us Dancing with the Birds (which is also produced by the…

#SteveReviews: Dynasties

Many of you will be aware of Dynasties, the 2018 nature documentary series narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The series has five episodes, each one focusses on a different vulnerable but well-known species from the chimpanzee to tiger. The whole…

Visiting the Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Whilst visiting Dunedin for the World Congress of Herpetology, I was lucky enough to have visited the Orokonui Ecosanctuary. As you can probably guess by the name, it ecological wildlife reserve that has been developed by the Otago Natural History…

#StevesLibrary: Animal Kingdom: A Natural History in 100 Objects

In this insightful book, Jack Ashby, the former Manager of the Grant Museum (at UCL) offers something that I feel is unique within a science book. Ashby tells the story of life, evolution and how natural history museums work by…