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 …

Studland Bog

Another scorcher and a wander around Studland whilst the family were enjoying the beach. The dry, sandy heathland combined with the scents of the various flowering plants and the sea  are strangely reminiscent of the Mediterranean. Further down the slope and a shallow valley open up to a number of Read More …

Scratch Arse Ware

A few highlights from a far too brief walk through the National Trust managed Scratch Arse Ware in mid July. With Jake for company not an afternoon for a large camera and lens. Musk Thistle Pyramid Orchid   Wild Carrot. Unusually no sign of any Carrot Broomrape this year – probably Read More …

Low Newton

  A superb display of Thrift, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Cowslips and Sea Campion along the northern shore of Embleton Bay. All accompanied by the constant sound of Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Oystercatchers. Just offshore a Grey Seal bobbed around in the Kelp with the occasional Arctic Read More …