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 …

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 …

A Return to the Marismas del Odiel

Entrance to one of the very few European breeding colonies of the Greater Flamingo. Located on a dis-used salt pan close to the Anastasio Senra visitor centre access is restricted to avoid disturbance. Fortunately in late June the breeding season is over and pedestrian access is available. In addition to Greater Flamingo’s plenty of European Spoonbill’s to be found. Read More …

El Rocio

Highlights from a far too brief visit to Donana, El Rocio and the Palace Acebrón. A World Heritage Site and the largest nature reserve in Europe at least a week should really be set aside to explore Donana. Home to the Iberian lynx and located on the flightpath of millions of birds it really is an exceptional area. Read More …

Ingleton

Thornton Force The highest and after heavy rainfall the most dramatic of the waterfalls up at Ingleton. It is actually possible to walk behind the waterfall but with young Meghan for company on this occasion we decided to give it a miss.   River Twiss Read More …