When visiting family in Derby, we will usually have a walk through Chaddesden Park and the wood, in particular checking the ponds for frogs and newts. This has been very productive in the past. Advertisements
Wandering my garden on Sunday afternoon, I spied a striking red and black bug on one of the plants. It wasn’t something I recognised, so I grabbed a photo to try identify it. From there, it got exciting…
One great thing about this time of year is that there are plenty of dragonflies around, even given the limited water on many sites. A Sunday stroll revealed plenty hunting over the local river, the Foss.
As it was a lovely evening, I decided to have a walk around Wheldrake Ings. Unfortunately what I’d not really appreciated was just how much the recent drought had depleted the pool where the waders usually hang out.
Posted in Birds, conservation, Invertebrates, Yorkshire
Tagged grey heron, LDV, marsh harrier, moorhen, NNR, snipe, water rail, wheldrake
Moorlands is a local Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve that I have been visiting since I was a boy and it continues to be a place that delights me. It’s a small woodland with a important collection of rhododendrons that … Continue reading
It finally has begun to feel like Spring is here, possibly even a gallop into almost summer-like temperatures. That means a lot of action in the garden from the birds and the bees. And the bee-flies.
Posted in Birds, Botany, Invertebrates, New Earswick
Tagged bee-fly, beefly, blue tit, bombylius, bullfinch, comma, comma butterfly, dark-edged bee-fly, wasp
Finally we come to the third and final part of my posts from the trip earlier this month, which also encompassed Spurn and Kilnsea. At this point it was nearly a month ago, which is terrible on my part!
Posted in Birds, Invertebrates
Tagged ducks, gadwall, geese, lapwing, little grebe, north cave wetlands, video, waders, yorkshire, yorkshire wildlife trust
I was quite surprised to realise today is five years since my first post on this blog. It’s been an interesting journey.
Posted in About the blog, Birds, Botany, conservation, England, Green exercise, Invertebrates, Media, Plants, Why watch wildlife?, Wildlife stories
Back to Heslington Lake now, and some slightly unusual behaviour I have been observing.
Posted in Biology, Birds, Ethology, Invertebrates
Tagged barnacle goose, butterflies, canada goose, chick, coot, Great crested grebe, juvenile, moorhen, nesting, pochard, red admiral, york, yorkshire
It has been fascinating watching these wasps that have build a nest into an old rabbit bolthole. They are literally a hive of activity.