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10th August 2021 – a therapeutic find on Bramley Bank, Croydon

Having finally emerged from the dark hole of coronavirus, I dragged myself out to the little patch of acid grassland on Bramley Bank. I didn’t have much energy for serious botanising so was even more delighted to find a patch of tiny Birdsfoot (Ornithopus perpusillus). BSBI atlas records suggest it hasn’t been recorded here in […]

26th July 2021 – Love a crow

Crows nest in the wood opposite our house but this year a pair choose one of the oak trees in our communal garden. From our back bedroom window I can see them building their nest as the leaves aren’t properly out. That nest soon disappears into the green. There’s not much evidence of them, or […]

The 30-minute birder – second article in series for Bird Watching Magazine

I’m so enjoying writing this series and hoping it will help encourage people teetering on the edge of birding to take the plunge. The next instalment, about bird-listening in parks, is due to be published in August.

The 30-minute Birder – first of series of articles in Bird Watching Magazine

I had such fun writing this article for the May edition of Bird Watching Magazine, about how you can do lots of fun birdwatching even if you only have half an hour to spare. The next instalment will be in July Bird Watching Magazine on the challenges of keeping a garden bird list.

The world of pavement weeds – article in March/April 2021 Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine

Delighted to see my article on “The world of pavement weeds” (beautifully illustrated by Lynn Bailey) in the March/April issue of Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine and also published on the magazine website

Chasing the Dream – article in December 2020 Bird Watching Magazine

18th October 2020 – the woodland aroma-scape

A pal of mine Jane wrote a great piece recently in which she talks about the smell of ivy flowers making her think about ivy bees. I’m not sure if it’s good or bad that I haven’t yet seen ivy bees in Sydenham Hill Wood. The nature jury’s out on what this fairly new arrival […]

Guest blog for Mark Avery. From wasps to wildflower nectar

My summer of citizen science nature projects and why I think all nature lovers should get involved…

Horsey Island Reserve, article published today in Devon Life

I’m really pleased with the look of my article in Devon Life published today…   This was a difficult commission to meet because my plan to visit the reserve was scuppered by lock-down…  Luckily I managed to find some incredibly generous local resident experts, Martin Batt, Mary Breeds and Paul Madgett, who know the site very […]

30 days wild – 18. Woodberry Wetlands, Hackney

This is another one of the sites which is not open at the moment, but is one I’ve visited often so know well what it looks like from inside. Although not much more than a big pond with some nice planting in the shadow of blocks of flats, it’s so much more than that.  During […]