This is Duncan and Sally Hutt’s blog for work related matters although the views expressed are our own and do not necessarily represent the organisations we work for (either in paid employment or as volunteers).

Duncan Hutt works for Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

In October 2010 we embarked on a sabbatical to do voluntary work on the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for the Turks and Caicos National Trust and the National Museum. We returned to England in February 2011, back to our paid employment but still maintain links with the TCI.

While much of what we do and write about is local to Northumberland we also look at environmental and wildlife issues when we travel elsewhere in the UK as well as on trips further afield such as on our 2013 trip to Kenya.

We make every effort to identify species correctly and use scientific names where appropriate.  Some groups are challenging when it comes to identification and mistakes can happen.  Please let us know if you spot an error or are suspicious about a stated identification.  We send records to appropriate records centres where they exist so corrections are always welcome.

Please note that the photographs on this site are the copyright of one of the Hutt family.  We are happy to be contacted about use of these photographs and are normally happy for them to be used with a few simple conditions.  Where they are for commercial purposes we normally ask for an appropriate donation to a suitable charity of our choice.  Please use the Contact Us page.


10 Responses to About

  1. Kevin Malone says:

    Sally and Duncan – The bird life certainly looks exotic. Looking at Trip Advisor there certainly seem to be some big hotels. How much of the land mass is untouched I wondered. Well done with the excellent photos.

  2. Frances says:

    What a glorious place – how clever of you to migrate to Turks & Caicos for the winter. Look at that sea! It sounds good fun too. I do hope you’re all having a great time. What’s the plan for Christmas day – picnic on the beach?

    Just to prove you did the right thing in spite of the mozzies, check out some extreme snow and avalanches in the Coquet Valley this week on the link above.

    Best wishes

    • thehutts says:

      We will probably be going to Grand Turk for Christmas and surveying an old graveyard in exchange for accommodation at the Museum. Plans are still being made.

  3. Josè Pascal says:

    Hello Duncan and Sally,

    surfing the waves of the web I am pleasantly stranded in your interesting blog
    I’m Not A Verse

    I write under the pseudonym of Josè Pascal (a descendant of the great Colonel Aureliano Buendía).

    I invite you to visit my “italianglish” writing blog http://parolesemplici.wordpress.com/mytinbox/.

    I define this blog “In parole Semplici” as a “virtuacultural tin” box where they are guarded thoughts, memories, images, sounds, and simple stories”.

    I dream an intercultural blog. Already involves more than 50 authors/friends and more than 10 are foreigners.

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    Good life and I hope to soon

  4. Hi, The Hutts,
    Have a bit of Mill info for Duncan, as a reply to his piece in Mills News asking if anyone has photos of the Salt Cay windmills whilst still complete, I have already given mine to Mr Roy Berry also of the Mills Group. Taken during a visit before ‘Ike’. I think I might have been in touch before.. If you are really going to look at the old graveyard on Grand Turk please, please could you do me a favour. By the pulpit inside the church is a memorial to a Catherine Baker wife of Charles, nee Lindsay. I’d give almost anything for a transcript of the wording, (even if in latin untranslated.) She was my G.G. Grandmother you see. My Father was a 1930s early member of the Wind & Watermill Section of the SPAB by the way, and as an artist, painted many during the 30s. I still have many of those pics and once showed them at the Mills AGM meet.

    Many thanks

    J Stafford Baker
    PS you are very right about the islands politics, dear oh dear, stand by for well deserved arrests and trials.

    • thehutts says:

      We are no longer in Grand Turk and I have looked through our transcripts of the graves and memorial stones but unfortunately your Great Great Grandmother’s must have been one of the stones that was covered up at the time we were there. I forwarded your request to the National Museum in the hope that they may be able to help when the church is restored. Apologies for the length of time it has taken to reply.

  5. restlessjo says:

    Hi Sally, Duncan! I don’t have your email address, sorry! Can yopu confirm that Viv arrived safely, and if possible let me have your mobile no. by email in case there are any hitches on Wednesday? Many thanks.

  6. Christa says:

    Hello. We are interested in publishing some of your materials. Can you please contact us? Many thanks.

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