Friday, July 21, 2017

Autumn is coming

The wild rose fruits are reddening and the Rosabay Willow Herb is in full flower.  Autumn may not be far away.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

moths and dragonflies

Our neighbour has had some Mullein Moth caterpillars on her Mullein plant.

At Low Barns last Thursday I had a good view of a Southern Hawker Dragonfly which unusually stayed still long enough for a photograph.

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.