The Wishing Tree

Padley Gorge, Derbyshire One of our favourite springtime walks. On a quiet day in mid-May its not too difficult to imagine Ents roaming the ancient Oak & Birch woodland. The almost mystical atmosphere is further enhanced by the waterfalls and presence of the uncommon Redstart Read More …

Crossbills and Bouncing Bombs

After what seems like one of the wettest winters for years the clouds finally parted long enough to make the trip up to the upper Derwent Valley and a search for Parrot Crossbills. I’d like to say I’m 100% convinced this is a male Parrot 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 …

Higher Hyde Heath

Sand Lizard (female) A few photographs from a far too brief visit to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Higher Hyde Heath reserve in late July. Black Darter (female) One of several also plenty of the blue males around. In general compared to previous years far fewer Dragonflies Read More …

National Treasure

Scots Pine growing in the limestone pavement at Gait Barrows National Nature Reserve.  The dry conditions result in Pines and Ash trees that typically grow extremely slowly. Naturally stunted many of these trees are several hundred years old. Primrose – the foodplant for the caterpillars Read More …