23 Apr 2020 • Wildlife stories
Mike documents impala on his latest early morning drive, just as their mating season begins.
Every year, as winter approaches and the air becomes colder in the morning, we hear the guttural sound of a male impala rutting.
The peak of the rut is between the full moons in May. This is when the female impala comes into season and the male testosterone is high. During this time, the males are constantly fighting, beginning with the dominant males who have protected the herds during the year.
During this time of year, the males are high in energy, as they herd the females and young, challenging dominant bachelors and mating with receptive females. This is an exhausting for the impalas and the males are usually killed by predators during May, because their attention is distracted with their focus being on fighting. I would argue that significantly more male impalas are killed than females.
In June, the craziness begins to settle down as the females rest due to pregnancy and give birth in December, just as the rain starts. It is a lovely time of the year.
A much-loved BBC TV drama, Howards’ Way documented the trials and tribulations of Tom Howard and his family. After losing his job as an aircraft designer, Tom decides to pursue his lifelong ambition to design and build boats by taking over a rundown boatyard. Full of drama, romance and power struggles, the popular series ran for five years and several episodes were filmed on Guernsey, a suitably marine setting for this nautically themed programme.
Highly anticipated and based on the best-selling book of the same name, the star of this wartime story is writer Juliet Ashton, played by Lily James, who enters into a correspondence with members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, the island’s book club. Juliet visits the island, which is under German occupation, to meet the society’s members that she’s grown increasingly close with. Mary Anne Shaffer, the book’s author, visited Guernsey in the 1970s and was captivated and inspired by its history of German occupation and the stories of bravery surrounding it. As a result, the film, which was released in 2018, features some of the island’s best-known locations, such as Castle Cornet.