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 … Continue reading Nature Writing (top picks)
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.
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 … Continue reading Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk, December
It goes without saying that winter can be a tough time for wildlife, but when the leaves have fallen from the trees it becomes much easier to spot birds and follow the tracks and signs of other animals. We also do of course get to see different birds, those migrants who have come south for … Continue reading Winter Birds
I had heard that large flocks of starlings have been seen most afternoons at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen in Norfolk and they had been murmarating in fairly large numbers to the delight of enthusiastic crowds - so we had to make the trek and have a look for ourselves. For those unfamiliar with the term 'starling … Continue reading Starlings at Strumpshaw Fen (November 2017)
A short post today containing some photos I took at Pensthorpe Natural Park in Norfolk this Sunday. We go there quite a bit as we have an annual membership so we're getting to see the park in all seasons this year which is quite interesting. This is by no means everything that Pensthorpe has to … Continue reading Red Squirrels and Nuthatches
What's not to love about autumn? The falling of the leaves; the darkening of the nights; the retreat of certain species and the emergence of others. This post is about the first signs of autumn and what to watch out for. Fungi Probably one of the first signs of the changing seasons, fungi start to … Continue reading Autumn Signs to Watch For