A Woodland Wander

The mud and leaf matter had been well compacted on the ground by the feet of New Year walkers eager to burn off those Christmas calories. The wide paths cut deep through the woodland, which allowed access to the hordes of visiting families but reduced the wilderness feeling the woodland bestowed upon me. I wondered how these man-made rides affected the woodland’s functioning, as everywhere I turned there were different routes to choose. Families pushed their prams along the pathways while children ran around in the mud, with a look of great happiness on their faces. It was good for the families, but I wanted to escape, so I walked briskly past the chattering parents and giggling children and onwards into the woodland. The paths were still wide but I passed a tree with its roots that were exposed to the world – they twisted and turned as a stormy sea would. Continue reading


Why Attenborough Documentaries will always be needed

For nature lovers Attenborough documentaries are the pinnacle of conservation inspiration. They are however much more than that as they create a time when discussing wildlife and nature becomes the ‘hot’ topic and those who are in the minority for their love of the environment are now at the forefront of the discussion. Shouting about how amazing nature is suddenly becomes ‘cool’. Continue reading

More than one non-native crayfish species in the UK


Signal crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus. Image GGNNSS.

The threat of the North American signal crayfish to the native white-clawed crayfish is well-known but what about the other non-native crayfish species in the UK? What are they and do they pose a threat to the white-clawed crayfish? Continue reading


An Afternoon at EWT Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

The intertidal range at the reserve, created when the sea wall was breached, was a perfect place to watch gathering waders when the tide was rising. The grey clouds were congregating in the sky and the air was filled with the bitter breeze of winter, it was certainly a day for a thick coat, hat, scarf and two layers of gloves. Taking the path to the hide by the intertidal range led me through woodland and scrub, then onto fields, which were filled with skylarkspipits and finches. Continue reading


The Science of Autumn Leaves

img_2515Autumn has well and truly arrived as deciduous trees hold on to their remaining leaves of yellow, orange, brown and red, while the fallen leaves form mounds below the tree’s soon to be bare branches. The once lush green summer landscape has turned into a vision of autumn colour. But why does this happen? Continue reading


Green Woodpecker

img_5601My garden appears to be a favoured site for a male green woodpecker at the moment. The bird’s arrival is signalled by a green blur as it flies to the grass, followed by a look of regal importance as it takes in its surroundings, the red crown drawing your eye. Continue reading


Concerns for the Environment Post Brexit

As soon as it was realised that Brexit was a reality, everyone started blaming everyone else. Politicians criticised each other, voters uttered pure disbelief and judgement on others and the well-known blond figurehead of the leave campaign Boris Johnson changed from being the leader of the revolution to the man who did this ‘terrible’ thing to our country. The reality became clear, no one really knew what they were voting for, lots of people had never even heard of the single market and just assumed that there were only two ‘simple’ options, to stay or to leave. Furthermore in the debates beforehand the environment was hardly mentioned, so a main question for conservationists now is ‘what will happen to our environment?’ In the uncertain future that is Brexit, key areas and conservation problems need to be addressed, as the goal of achieving healthy ecosystems where both business and wildlife can prosper is surely something everyone can agree on. Continue reading


How garden bird feeders affect bird behaviour and migration

People putting out food on bird tables and artificial feeders is a common occurrence in the UK. It gives us a chance to engage with the natural world and see garden birds up close. The food however is not just being eaten by our beloved garden birds, it is also affecting their behaviour. Continue reading


The UK’s most dangerous seaside fish


Copyright Hans Hillewaert

The sun has emerged, the wind is still and the rain is nowhere to be seen, a perfect day for a trip to the beach. Wading into the shallows you can feel the soft sand beneath your feet until, ouch, you’ve trodden on something sharp, then the pain starts – you have been ‘weevered’. Continue reading


Flowers in the Garden Wildlife Patch

As the height of summer draws closer the flowers in the wildlife patch in the garden have grown tall, their leaves intertwining with one another as they all naturally compete for light and water. Continue reading