Outstanding …..

A few highlights from a recent trip up north and to the Silverdale and Arnside AONB. Seems incredible that I’ve now been visiting the RSPB’s Leighton Moss Nature Reserve for the past 40 years. Fortunately I’ve yet to leave disappointed. On this occasion plenty of Read More …

Under a Blood Red Sky

Just typical – mid-October, a day off work and ex-hurricane Ophelia rolls up. With a grim weather forecast the original plan of a day out around Leighton Moss and Gait Barrows was changed to the far closer to home Dunham Massey estate. By 10am the Read More …

Jurassic

There can’t be many better ways to spend an afternoon in early summer than exploring Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Purbeck Marine Nature Reserve at Kimmeridge Bay. Located on the “Jurrasic Coast” World Heritage Site the underwater landscape is pretty impressive as well. Apparently the Sea Hare Read More …

Bring me Sunshine

Hmmmm……. difficult to top a Pallid Harrier but few better places to be than the Trough of Bowland on a glorious day in Spring. Even the Chaffinches look superb in the bright sunshine and  unpolluted air. A few highlights from another walk alongside a crystal clear brook.  One Read More …

Sika at Arne

Hmmm…..storm clouds gathering just after dawn. Not a good sign. Silver Birch dominated woodland at the RSPB’s Arne Nature Reserve. Sika hinds (female) and a calf amongst the heath. A more unusual white Sika hind. Normally associated with domestication and inbreeding the white variation appears Read More …

High Summer

Unimproved grassland at Durlston Country Park in mid-July. With at least 578 species of flowering plant recorded along the cliffs, limestone grasslands and woodlands this is one of the best areas in the country for wild flowers. In mid July its spectacular. With such a rich variety of Read More …