Neville James-Davies
Neville James-Davies

Born in Wales, I have been visiting Mallorca several times a year since 1990, and got to know the island and its wildlife extremely well, to the extent that I have written two books on the birdlife of the island. I am supporting several conservation groups on the island and for the past three years I have enjoyed writing the 'Wild Majorca' article for the Bulletin, which shows readers the diversity of the flora and fauna that exists here.  

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Orchids and birds in Mallorca

But my eyes kept getting drawn to ground level to enjoy the orchids.

Neville James-Davies 09/04/2024 11:24


A good start to the day in Mallorca!

The coffee here always tastes divine, and an ideal host to go with a coffee is a ‘tostada de tomate’.

Neville James-Davies 05/04/2024 11:41


The red-collard fast sinker

Tucan Marsh in the north of the island is a great place to see them.

Neville James-Davies 29/03/2024 15:28


What a mess!

It amazes me that people can be so lazy, dirty and selfish and show such blatant disregard for fellow residents and the environment.

Neville James-Davies 23/02/2024 10:26


A Nightingale sang on Mallorca Square

Food consists of insects, Spiders, Woodlice, Snails and Earthworms...

Neville James-Davies 08/08/2022 12:01


Stripes and Streaks

Moths are not particularly palatable to a lot of bird species, but one summer breeder we get here will certainly have a go at eating them, and that is the Mediterranean Flycatcher.

Neville James-Davies 18/07/2022 12:41


The herdsman and the poppy

Poppies contain an alkaloid called ‘rhoeadine’, a mild sedative.

Neville James-Davies 07/07/2022 14:39


Vanessa and Alexandria

Wandering around Alburcutx Tower, Son Real beach and the Albufereta Marsh all saw good numbers of Painted Lady's with some Brimstones mixed in too.

Neville James-Davies 26/06/2022 11:00


Hide and Seek

Crossbills on Mallorca are of the sub-species ‘Balearica’, and in Catalan, they are known as ‘Trencapynions’, or the ‘pine nut cracker’.

Neville James-Davies 18/06/2022 09:00


Wild Mallorca: King Tereus and Tolpis

The Greek playwright Aristophanes (446-386 BC) states King Tereus was transformed into a Hoopoe by the Gods as punishment for his crimes.

Neville James-Davies 29/05/2022 15:53

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Eleanor of Arborea

They are skilful hunters, and will take large insects such as dragonflies, which are transferred from the talons to the beak, all during flight.

Neville James-Davies 26/04/2022 13:36

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Wild Mallorca: Merops has returned

Bee Eaters are gregarious, nesting colonially in sandy banks, preferably near to river shores, but not always.

Neville James-Davies 19/04/2022 14:13


Wild Mallorca: Chatting Cettis

Now, spring has already sprung, and butterflies are on the wing, and coupled with this, the landscape is slowly changing as more and more plants reveal their beautiful colours.

Neville James-Davies 12/04/2022 14:45


Gulls and white bits

Gulls can tend to be overlooked, but the next time you see these two species, stop and watch them.

Neville James-Davies 05/04/2022 14:18


The Owl and the Tortoise

This week in Wild Mallorca: Were you aware that a species of tortoise can be found on Mallorca?

Neville James-Davies 29/03/2022 10:34


Yellows, strawberry red and pale whites

The spring equinox will soon be upon us, and soon, nature will be revelling in the warmer weather...

Neville James-Davies 22/03/2022 10:37


Plovers and others

Life is still a bit slow moving on Mallorca, but once the spring comes...

Neville James-Davies 15/03/2022 11:16


Quaking with the Phoenix

One winter visitor will soon be heading off on migration...

Neville James-Davies 08/03/2022 11:54


Snipe, orange and Friar’s

Very soon butterflies will be on the wing and the plants will be emerging to start bringing a splash of colour to the landscape...

Neville James-Davies 01/03/2022 12:04


Moustaches in the Spanish Canes

This week in Wild Mallorca:Taking a walk into the Albufera reserve.

Neville James-Davies 22/02/2022 11:20