to the November issue, my first with this brilliant magazine. I’ve been a reader of BBCWildlife for many years, so it’s a great joy to be even more closely involved.
This time of year is a favourite of mine for coastal walks, particularly to enjoy the spectacle of overwintering birds. I love being in North Norfolk as the sun goes down watching the pink-footed geese coming in to roost on the water meadows at Holkham.
I’d like to get up to the Highlands again, too, to catch a glimpse of ptarmigan in their winter plumage on Cairngorm Mountain. On the other side of Loch Ness, the Aigas Field Centre is contributing to the captivebreeding programme of our cover star, the Scottish wildcat (see p26). The animals are protected from exposure to people so I wouldn’t be able to see them, but you never know – there might be a truly wild one slinking through the nearby Caledonian pine forests. Armed with my list of distinguishing features learned from our article,, I might just spot it. Uncertainty is half the fun of wiwildlife watching, isn’t it?
Sheena Harvey Editor firstname.lastname@example.org November 2015