Spring Begins

As March saw out the winter and brought in the spring, life has surged back into the garden. The weather is warming, the plants are flowering and the minibeasts are out and about again. The crocuses were out in force at the start of the month, with lovely displays of deep purple and white, closely followed by…

Winter Washes

I wrote this a while ago, but for some reason I forgot to post it… So a bit late here’s a post about a trip I made to the Ouse Washes back in the winter. With winter comes rain, and with rain comes the flooding of the washes. So for my first trip of 2017 I decided to…

Unexpected Garden Visitor

Last weekend I got quite a surprise when I looked out of the window into the back garden. A green woodpecker digging ants out of the garden lawn. The bird stayed in the garden for quite a long time so I also recorded a few videos of the digging and feeding. Here’s the best one. I’ve…

#WildOctober – Part 2

After the daily outings of week one for the remainder of October I was back at work, so things became a bit harder for doing #WildOctober. It’s not so much the getting outside that’s hard – there is a small park near work and I try to go for a walk around it every lunchtime. The struggle…

#WildOctober – Part 1

Back at the end of September, Louise over at Louise’s 30 Days Wild suggested doing something like 30 Days Wild but for October. Get outdoors and enjoy nature every day, and take some photos to share along the way. For more details have a read of Wild October on Louise’s blog. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to manage it…

Summer in the Garden

As the days become shorter and colder, the leaves start to change and autumn gets underway, lets take a look back at life in the garden from the last few months.

The Lowest Place in the UK

I’d been meaning to take a trip to the Great Fen for a while, so one day in July off I went. There are a number of parts to the Great Fen, but the two main areas are Holme Fen and Woodwalton Fen. Holme Fen has been on TV a few times, showcasing the landscape restoration and the…

A Day in The Washes

Summer isn’t really the best time to visit the washes if you’re looking for birds, it’s the time of year when they’re at the driest, the least birds are around and the ones that are there are generally hiding in the tall vegetation. However, it’s a good time of year for insects and the RSPB Ouse Washes reserve is somewhere I’ve been meaning to go for a while, so in July I decided to head off there for a day.

Short Wood and Southwick Wood

Very late with this one! I mentioned in my 30 Days Wild post that for the final weekend of June I decided to go to somewhere I hadn’t been before. So on that weekend I headed off to a Wildlife Trusts nature reserve near Oundle that comprises two woodlands called Short Wood and Southwick Wood, with a meadow and…

30 Days Wild 2016

For those who haven’t read my earlier posts, 30 Days Wild is a month long campaign run by the Wildlife Trusts throughout June to encourage people to get outside and reconnect with nature. Obviously I don’t really need to reconnect with nature – I spend a large amount of my spare time outside as it is!…

Spring in the Garden, 2016

We’re now well beyond the solstice and into the season of summer, so this is coming a bit late. But here’s a quick look back at some of the things I found in the garden during spring this year. Just goes to show what a variety of life one small garden can contain! To see all…

Dancing Spider

A bit of entertainment from the garden yesterday – a male Spotted Wolf spider dancing in the sun, trying to impress a female he’s eyed up as a mate.