Mam Tor

After walking up from Castleton we were a little surprised to find a large National Trust car park just below the summit. Normally hill-forts and other ancient monuments tend to have an atmospheric quality about them. Oddly Mam Tor didn’t. Perhaps it was just us or the sight of Mr Whippy serving up ice-creams but it really didn’t feel like we were following in the footsteps of ancient ancestors.  Read More …

Spur Bog

Sand Lizard, catching a few rays of afternoon sunshine at Studland Heath, Dorset Although Studland is renowned as being the best place in the country for Sand Lizards a sighting of Britain’s rarest reptile is far from guaranteed. Their cryptic markings are a superb camouflage Read More …

Norden Heath

A few highlights from Norden Heath taken back in August (seems a long time ago now). The roadside verges around East Creech and the various footpaths leading down to the heath are one of the best areas in the country for the relatively uncommon Nettle-leaved Bellflower. Whilst the ones along the woodland edge have suffered from grazing by the local deer the plants growing along the roadside verge are spectacular. Read More …

Scratch Arse Ware

A few highlights from a superb walk along the south-west coastal path close to Langton Matravers in Dorset. Plenty of Wheatears to be found with the drystone walls and bales of straw proving popular spots. Also a Roe Deer in one of the quarries, numerous Painted Ladies and a Kestrel. Read More …