It was with great sadness that we learnt recently of the death of conservationist and Naturetrek tour leader, Roy Taylor.       

This week’s episode of Dynasties, the remarkable new TV series narrated by Sir David Attenborough, showed us that Tigers are very different creatures to the Lions of the plains. The Lion strikes fear in plain sight; go into Tiger country and the fear is creeping, lurking, hidden behind dense vegetation, yet all pervasive. You could almost feel the restless dread in the close-up snorts of the Chital deer, the Tiger’s most frequent meal.

An Entry to the Naturetrek 2018 Writing Competition. Rosemary Hill relays her memorable encounter with a wolf pack experienced on our 'Yellowstone in Winter' tour.

An Entry to the Naturetrek 2018 Writing Competition. Jo Grimes conveys the acrobatic avian displays she witnessed on our 'Spain – Realm of the Iberian Lynx holiday'.

After last night’s episode of the Sir David Attenborough narrated series “Dynasties”, we discovered – as if we didn’t already know – that it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there in the African savannahs, and specifically the Mana Pools National Park, in Zimbabwe. In the case of the Painted Wolf, more usually known as the African Wild Dog, we learned that a daughter can be turned against her mother, so much so that she risks the lives of her entire pack in a bold, protracted and highly personal campaign to drive her away.