Sunday, May 21, 2017

West gate flowers

We walked from Westgate to St John's Chapel along the River Wear today. We saw Ladies Smock, Water Avens and Wood Cranesbill. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Big hedgehog outside our living room tonight 

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Small eggar moth communal web

Walking along the coastal path near Fishguard in Pembrokeshire I came on this communal silk shelter built by Small Eggar  caterpillars. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

bird box activity

We have Great tits with six eggs in one box and Blue tits with I think six eggs (difficult to see) in the other.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Walk along the Wear

I had a walk from Bradley Burn back to Wolsingham today.  The season is definitely progressing. 
Orange Tip butterflies are on the wing. Bluebell, Red Campion and Angelica are in flower. 

I saw some hazelnuts on a log where an animal had been feeding, some fresh otter spraint on a boulder in the river and a Morel fungus under some dead wood.

Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Wren were all singing in the bushes and Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Heron and Mallard were active on the river.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


We have just seen a baby dunnock being fed in the garden.

Nest box actvity

We have two nestboxes active at the moment. The one on my astro shed has the beginnings of a nest and the one on our boundary fence has a nest with two eggs. 


When visiting Highclere House (Downton Abbey) last weekend we were interested to see large clumps of mistletoe on several of the trees. That area of the country is a very good area for seeing mistletoe apparently.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hawthorn in the south

We are in Berkshire for a couple of days. The Hawthorn is already in blossom here!