Back when I started Stripy Tapir, I wanted it to be a diary of sorts- an annotated field book and a place to look back on past adventures. I didn’t really have high expectations for it and hoped it would be able to stay afloat despite PhD work and intermittent lack of internet. Last Thursday, however, I … More THANK YOU


Wait a minute Stafford, shouldn’t you have done this a month ago, when veganuary a thing? OK- let me explain. There is broad scientific consensus that animal agriculture is a major source of global greenhouse gas emissions. Headlines like the one below, from the Guardian a couple of weeks ago; are becoming frighteningly more common. The main culprit? … More VEGUARY


I found myself in Canterbury during the brief flurry of snow we had last week, watching it fall from the window and wondering if my train journey back to Manchester would be delayed (and after crossing London on the way there during the tube strike, I really wasn’t in the mood for another ‘adventurous’ journey). It … More WINTER


When I moved to Dublin to study for my Masters degree, one of the salient memories of my first commutes into the city was the glimpse of a sea of white as my bus crossed the grand canal at Rathmines. That sea, it turned out, was a large gathering of mute swans, congregating near a … More EALAÍ


One of the highlights of this year’s Christmas viewing has been this gorgeous little video by Snake Buddies, featuring Jürgen Otto’s incredible footage of peacock spiders – anyone who isn’t acquainted with his work should immediately follow this link to his YouTube channel. While I don’t have anything remotely as impressive, I agree that salticids (aka jumping spiders) … More AN ODE TO SALTICIDS


I have a confession to make- up until last month, I really wasn’t much of a macaque person. I can’t put my finger on why exactly- but clearly I was missing something as photos of Japanese macaques almost invariably feature in Wildlife Photographer of the Year portfolios. This species, the most northerly of all primates, … More SNOW MONKEY


It’s coming up to two weeks since we got back from an incredible fortnight exploring Japan, and I think I deserve a thorough pat on the back for whittling down the thousands of photographs we took into these few- these lucky few- that reflect some of my favourite moments meeting some of the country’s most celebrated mammals and … More NARA


ISLA DE LA PLATA With my trusty wheelie suitcase once again on the living room floor in the process of being packed for our next adventure, I feel like I have a valid pass to reminisce about my last ‘holiday’ taken back in July this year. With a few days to spare while we were waiting for … More SILVER ISLAND


KEW GARDENS  As a scientist I read an awful lot of papers- some are tremendously boring, some interesting once you get past the wall of jargon, but the absolute best will make you think. I recently came across a paper published a couple of months ago in Conservation Biology intriguingly titled ‘Plant Blindness’. It turns out that conservation initiatives … More PLANT BLINDNESS


It’s been a while hasn’t it? Between a trip to Chicago, getting home and finishing off papers, and most recently two weeks at Kew on a plant taxonomy course, the blog has had to take a brief hiatus. Rest assured though, I’m back in Manchester for the next month or so and looking forward to posting more … More WILD CHICAGO: A GUIDE