Hard work is hard, but it pays off
Teamwork is important
Pine martens may not be that rare
Up until last summer, I was filming pine marten in one wood. I thought that was remarkable, then I moved the trail camera to another wood four miles away to film a red deer herd, and I filmed another pine marten without even trying. Then when further into the same wood when filming for Wild I spotted some more pine marten poo on a track. When I moved it into the wood it is in now, another four miles away, I filmed...another pine marten. Some people think that pine marten are rare, but judging by the amount of times I've seen them, I don't think so.
Adults: get your act together
If we want children to respect bones, wildlife and the countryside, then adults need to set an example. Putting massive ugly powerlines through beautiful parts of Scotland, or treating human remains like they are a cheap bottle of wine at a church fete is not a good way to do it.
Stand up for what you believe in
It's great to inspire others
One of the greatest parts of my year was walking into the Guild Hall at Bath and seeing so many people waiting to hear me speak, then afterwards when people were queueing up across the hall to meet me, or me to sign my book, or to have a photograph taken with me. It was a privilege to have helped inspire so many amazing people.
All the amazing child naturalists
My blog is still very popular
- 235,330 visitors to my website (compared to 148,658 in 2013)
- Visitors from 15 new countries, bringing the total to 210 different countries that have visited since I started.
- 642 web comments (2,065 in total)
- 1,035 emails about Jake's Bones (compared to 796 in 2013)
- and I now have 1,546 Facebook fans (it was 938 at the end of 2013)
- and 1,102 followers on Twitter (it was only 389 a year ago)
Next year will probably not be as exciting
I don't know what 2015 holds for me yet. But in 2014, I had a book released, I presented a copy to the Duke and Duchess of Strathearn (that's Prince William and Kate if you're not from Scotland), and I did live television with Sir David Attenborough, Chris Packham, and Nick Baker - as well as a clip with Ben Garrod, and on CBBC's Wild. This last year has been excellent and I don't think I will have many years like this one.
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