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Welcome to My Life Outside, a place to share and indulge my two passions in life – wildlife and the great outdoors.. For the past ten years I’ve been publishing images and tales from our adventures, focussed mainly here in the UK but with occasional excursions further afield. Along the way we’ve self-built a camper van, taken up sea kayaking, climbed the highest peak in each home nation, surveyed cetaceans crossing the Irish Sea and on one memorable afternoon even found ourselves defending ice lollies from a pack of Barbary Macaques.

Currently based in Wales we’ll shortly be moving to a new home base in the Scottish Highlands where I plan to continue writing, photographing and developing this site to include not only an online shop but also walking guides, gear reviews and much more besides. Until then please head on over to the blog to find out what we’ve been up to and the latest news regards our “big move”.

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Wally the Walrus

Wally the Walrus arrives in Wales

Of all the wildlife encounters I’d imagined for this year, a Walrus off the Welsh coast was certainly not one of them. But then again, when has nature ever played by the rules. Wally’s story...

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Sanderling

Sanderling Surprise

The concept of being cold feels very far away right now but back in April we spent a week in north Wales which included snow covered beaches and whiteout blizzards. I know, it’s scarcely believable...

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Dingy Skipper Blaenavon

Dingy Skipper and Blaenavon Steam

When you think of Blaenavon world heritage site you might be forgiven for conjuring images of heavy industry, coal mining and railways. Whilst these are of course all true what might not come to mind...

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Bioluminescent Plankton Aberavon

Bioluminescent Plankton, Aberavon

Bioluminescent plankton are second only to the Northern Lights on my list of natural phenomenon that simply defy explanation. I mean yes there is a perfectly logical reasoning behind the appearance of both but taken...

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North York Moors Railway

Broken Rail on the North York Moors Railway

With Red Grouse and Black-necked Grebes already in the bag there was just one more Yorkshire tick that I needed – a steam train ride to Whitby! Rather fortuitously the North York Moors Railways offers...

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Black-necked Grebe St Aidan's

Black-necked Grebe, St Aidan’s

Described by the RSPB themselves as “Yorkshire’s worst kept secret”, the presence of breeding Black-necked Grebes at the charity’s St Aidan’s reserve has been well known and publicised since 2018. The intervening years have seen...

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