Wheatfen: Ted Ellis Nature Reserve (January 2018)

I used to visit Wheatfen, the Ted Ellis nature reserve in Norfolk, usually every year with my parents as a kid and haven’t been for many years, so this spontaneous trip out to the reserve was a nice idea. It’s known for swallowtail butterflies, which of course we didn’t see in January, but we’ll try […]

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A photo essay update on my cat Lyra

You might remember that over a year ago we got a rescue cat. We named her Lyra and she has been living with us and thriving all this time. She’s a hunter – all summer as had voles, shrews, mice, birds – and she’s very affectionate and playful still. Here are a few photos to […]

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Nature Writing (top picks)

I recently read H is for Hawk and found myself falling deeper in love with nature writing. If you’re not familiar with this genre, it essentially describes a body of work that focuses on the natural environment, usually involving wildlife and landscapes, often written in the first person and containing overly lyrical prose. It is an […]

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Wildlife focus: the mole

Hello nature fans! I’m starting a new blog series all about wildlife, focusing on a particular species each time in depth. In general, I’ll probably talk about the features of the species, the role it fulfills within its ecosystem, the folklore surrounding it, and species idiosyncrasies, including a few interesting facts. I’m starting with the humble […]

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A handy tip for my fellow bloggers

Hi guys! I love reading your blogs and I love writing my own. I’ve looked at ways to monetize it in the past, as I’m sure you’ve had thoughts about that as well, but given my slightly obscure niche I didn’t think ads would work out (I’m trailing it them right now to see how […]

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Tangible Stationery: a review

Hi guys! Today I’ll be reviewing a couple of notebooks from a lovely stationery company called Tangible Stationery. They create beautiful stationery for everyday use, with all sorts of different personalisation possibilities. You may be wondering what stationery has to do with a nature/green lifestyle blog – well, I miss pen & paper. Everything I’ve […]

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Nutribuddy Breakfast Shake: a review

The New Year brings new challenges and having already undertaken the Veganuary challenge I decided to try a weight loss challenge as well. I used Nutribuddy’s breakfast shakes for 14 days to see what effect they would have on me and my body and this review is all about that experience. I chose a 14 […]

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Big Garden Birdwatch

Every January, the RSPB run an annual citizen science campaign to collate information on how many birds are visiting our gardens in winter. The aim of this project to gather data to understand how many birds are resident in the UK and which species are thriving or declining – it helps to keep track of […]

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Strumpshaw, January

A cold and dull day at Strumpshaw in January but still we saw plenty of marsh harriers, beginning to pair up and flirt and show off, and a kingfisher (too quick for a photo), and plenty of ducks. Half of the reserve was flooded so we couldn’t get around a lot of it.

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Horsey Seals

New Years Day 2018 prompted a trip to see the grey seals on Horsey beach in Norfolk. I don’t know why I have never done this before as it seems to be such a popular day out in Norfolk, judging by the hundreds of people who showed up on New Years Day. Seal fact: did […]

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