Wednesday, April 14, 2010

No Place Like Home

During my visit to New Zealand last month I was struck by how similar the countryside and its wildlife was to that of this country.
It seemed to me that I had travelled 11,500 miles to find the same goldfinches and blackbirds that visit my garden in Thixendale.
I've since done quite a bit of research on the proliferation of British native wildlife in New Zealand and found out that in the 1800s British settlers brought everything from song thrushes to red deer with them. They did so for a variety of reasons, including the desire to make their new land look more like home.
To read more about what I found out please follow these links to my latest columns in The Yorkshire Post and The Gazette & Herald.

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