8:32am Tuesday 21st October 2014
9:10am Monday 13th October 2014
8:54am Monday 6th October 2014
12:43pm Friday 3rd October 2014
8:23am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
9:06am Tuesday 16th September 2014
7:59am Tuesday 9th September 2014
9:12am Tuesday 2nd September 2014
8:32am Tuesday 26th August 2014
Sitting on a Dorset beach on a warm August day, I became aware of an occasional large white butterfly flying in fast from the sea, carrying on up the beach and finally homing in on the cliff face vegetation.
10:11am Tuesday 19th August 2014
Birdwatching steadily increases in popularity while the enjoyment we derive from feeding garden birds supports a major industry supplying a range of nuts and seeds and ever more sophisticated designs for feeders.
9:00am Monday 11th August 2014
8:44am Tuesday 5th August 2014
8:35am Tuesday 29th July 2014
7:55am Tuesday 22nd July 2014
8:57am Monday 14th July 2014
8:58am Monday 7th July 2014
11:37am Monday 30th June 2014
9:10am Monday 23rd June 2014
The first half of June sees a lull in the number of butterflies on the wing. Apart from the occasional glimpse of a brimstone, spring species have more or less finished whereas those of summer have not yet taken over.
12:04pm Monday 16th June 2014
8:24am Monday 9th June 2014
1:28pm Monday 2nd June 2014
7:45am Tuesday 27th May 2014
10:00am Monday 19th May 2014
9:12am Monday 12th May 2014
8:13am Tuesday 6th May 2014
Frothy white cascades of fragrant hawthorn blossom;white candles of horse chestnut;swathes of hazy cow parsley or to give it a more attractive name Queen Anne's lace combine to usher in the 'merrie month of May'.
12:02pm Monday 28th April 2014
8:11am Tuesday 22nd April 2014
Last year I expressed dismay over the crazy proposal by the government and DEFRA to destroy a centuries old prime Kent woodland nightingale habitat and 'move' the birds to a newly planted wooded alternative site a couple of miles away.
9:08am Monday 14th April 2014
Easter.A symbol of renewal,regrowth and rebirth,not forgetting hot cross buns and chocolate eggs! Birdsong is reaching a crescendo as migrants fly in,territories are defended,nests are built,eggs laid and early fledglings fed.
8:19am Monday 7th April 2014
9:37am Monday 31st March 2014
10:00am Monday 24th March 2014
9:08am Monday 17th March 2014
1:21pm Monday 10th March 2014
Nature Notes: With spring officially underway, is it my imagination or are wild flowers and blossom even more vibrant than usual? Perhaps they seem so to us after enduring a long, colourless, wet wild windy winter.
8:53am Monday 3rd March 2014
8:26am Monday 24th February 2014
10:59am Monday 17th February 2014
11:53am Monday 10th February 2014
9:27am Monday 3rd February 2014
12:33pm Monday 27th January 2014
11:30am Monday 20th January 2014
9:40am Monday 13th January 2014
8:07am Tuesday 7th January 2014
8:57am Tuesday 17th December 2013
12:01pm Monday 9th December 2013
11:33am Monday 2nd December 2013
12:08pm Monday 25th November 2013
11:25am Monday 18th November 2013
Nature Notes: "It was interesting to note while watching the service from the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday that trees lining Whitehall were still, apart from the odd falling leaf, virtually fully leaved."
8:35am Monday 11th November 2013
Initially using the earth's magnetic field and stellar guides to locate rivers, chemical scent and taste receptors then take over allowing fish to invariably remember and detect rivers of their birth.
8:30am Monday 11th November 2013
12:19pm Monday 28th October 2013
Nature Notes: To see the huge population in Richmond park taking off en-masse and flying in noisy swirling flocks is fascinating enough but to watch their eating habits is even more absorbing and frankly amusing.