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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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.

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Mousehold Heath, Norwich, December

This may end up being posted in January but I’m writing this in that awkward period between Christmas and New Year where no one knows what day of the week it is. After a little bit of social media scheduling, I got a headache and decided to get out and go for a walk. I […]

Read More

Houseplant Appreciation Day

It’s January 10th and that means it’s Houseplant Appreciation Day! Since I started obsessively buying houseplants a few years ago, I’ve brought my total up to around 50. In that time, yes, some have died from neglect, but most have survived, been re-potted, and placed in various locations about our cottage. They receive frequent compliments […]

Read More

Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk, December

The last birding trip of the year was to RSPB Titchwell Marsh on the North Norfolk coast. Home to all sorts of shorebirds and harriers and winter visitors, it’s a known hot spot, though I was still surprised to find it so busy on a windy day (the Norfolk landscape is flat and there was no […]

Read More

Veganuary 2018

So this has been a long time coming. I’ve been meaning to take the plunge to quit eggs and dairy altogether but have so far not managed to commit. A month ‘trial’ is a perfect excuse and gives me a get out if it turns out I completely hate it (which I doubt – I’m […]

Read More

Wintry Walks in the Woodlands

We’re approaching freezing temperatures now so it’s getting harder to spot wildlife as it is sensibly staying out of the open. I’ve put together a short collection of some photos I have managed to get in various woodlands in Norfolk.

Read More