Cold comfort ?

A sunny day with a cool breeze still blowing we woke up early and enjoyed a relaxing walk around Studland Beach before heading inland to look for Sand Lizards. The warm, shallow waters of Studland Bay appear to support several non-native species with Solier’s Red Read More …

The Eyes Have It

  More catching up from September’s visit to Dorset and an area close to Puddletown, part of Thomas Hardy’s Egdon Heath. Despite the chilly breeze a surprising number of insects around with the predatory Red Darter and Common Lizard hoping to take advantage. With Higher Read More …

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 …

Warburg Nature reserve

Another superb area of ancient woodland and chalk meadows hidden away in the Chilterns near Henley-on-Thames. Unfortunately the few photographs below don’t really record just what a wonderful nature reserve this is. With our visit taking place in early summer the combination of thin, chalky soil Read More …