Woorgreens and Speech House

  Woorgreens Nature Reserve – adjacent to Speech House Woodlands in the Forest of Dean. Great to see nature slowly reclaiming a former, open-cast coal mine. A deceptively quiet site that I suspect would be better appreciated with more regular visits and on-site interpretation. Containing Read More …

Clarke’s Pool Meadow

Green-winged Orchids at Clarke’s Pool Meadow, Gloucestershire A newly emerged Small Copper Butterfly Although somewhat variable in colour the “normal” Green-winged Orchid tends to be purple complete with green veining on the “wings”. A slightly paler version Note the green veining definitely one of the Read More …

A Sign of Age

A few photos from an Easter Sunday walk around Jenny Brown’s point and Gait Barrows National Nature Reserve Great to see Forget-me-nots growing wild along the woodland edge The far more unusual Moschatel with its bizarre 5 faced flower. Also known as five-faced bishop and Read More …

A few more from the S’Albufera

Wow, by the time we finally returned to the visitor centre it was ridiculously hot and the lure of the hotel swimming pool had grown even stronger. Plenty of Clouded Yellows and the occasional Swallowtail feeding on the Scabious. Continuing towards the Gran Canal apparently Read More …

Parque Natural s’Albufera de Mallorca

Phew……. an early start and it’s still scorching – far too easy to underestimate the size of the S’Albufera. Although we’ve visited before in May and September it was still a surprise to feel the heat building up so quickly in early June. Coupled with Read More …

Pearly Kings & Queens

  A few highlights from a visit to Arnside Knott Pearl bordered Fritillary. The earliest of the fritillaries to emerge and typically found in woodland clearings and at Arnside Knott – rough, south facing hillsides. Highly threatened it’s unlikely to be confused with any of Read More …