My name is Jake, I am twelve years old, and I am a bone collector, naturalist, explorer and author.
I live in a beautiful part of Scotland with my mum, my dad, my baby brothers Sam and Harry and my two pussy cats.
I love walking, exploring, watching wildlife and collecting bones. So far I have thousands of bones in my collection, almost all of which I have found myself, within a few miles of my village. I have over 100 skulls on display in my bedroom and I'm even a little bit famous.
How I began bone collecting
I've been collecting bones since I was six, and I started this website in July 2009 when I was seven. (You can read more about why I began blogging here.) Every week I write something new here. Mostly it's about bones that I've found, but sometimes it's about animals and birds that I see on my walks.
The animal bones I have found include roe deer, red deer, sheep, foxes, buzzards, swans, ducks, geese, owls and even cats !
Other people have been very kind and have sent me other animal skulls like pig, seal, puffins, badgers seabirds and even monkeys, a leopard and a golden eagle !
The skull I would most like would be a giraffe or a lion skull. But there don't seem to many of those around where I live. (or maybe there are...)
Or a human skull ! That would be cool. Dad says I might get one of those, if Grandma's cough doesn't clear up soon. (*)
(*) In case it is not clear to you, this bit is a joke.
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