Six Winter plants to spot of your lockdown walks

For the hardy, who have layered up their clothing and waterproof boots, there is a lot of new life in the countryside – even in the middle of January. In this blog we are taking a look at six plants that you should be able to spot, growing wild in your local area that herald the brighter days that lie ahead.

A Winters Tale – The story of the Badger

So quiet and peaceful, Tranquil and blissful, There’s a kind of magic in the air What a truly magnificent view,  A breathtaking scene. This is the first in a series of blogs about the iconic mammal, Meles Meles – better know to most as the Badger. So, lets take a look at what Badgers areContinue reading “A Winters Tale – The story of the Badger”

2020 A Christmas like no other…

What a year 2020 has been. Amongst the many difficulties, one rare highlight has been the recovery and surge of interest in wildlife and the natural world. Even 2020 couldn’t stop the leaves falling and now we’re getting ready for the strangest of Christmas times of our lives. Maybe now is a good time toContinue reading “2020 A Christmas like no other…”

‘Meet the Peckham’s’ – A new Sparrowhawk family during lockdown 2020

Back in the early spring, I spotted the female Sparrowhawk in my garden. She was perched on a branch in the conifers that divide my garden from the neighbours. She was preening herself, presumably having just had a meal.

A couple of days later, I noticed the usual cacophony of sound from the local sparrows stopped as they all quickly dived into the hedges around the garden. I looked around and saw a male Sparrowhawk, perched high in the apple tree and beautifully silhouetted against the morning sky.

Mycelium – The magic of Mushrooms

Have you ever looked in your fridge only ro find mould on bread, or that the strawberries have gone soft and mushy?  Yes, it’s happened to me too.  Did you ever wonder what was really happening to your food in the fridge? Join me for a meandre into the magical world of mushrooms. What youContinue reading “Mycelium – The magic of Mushrooms”

Cluster 5 Corona Virus – The end of the fur trade?

Has Corona Virus ‘killed off’ the Fur Trade forever? According to a 2016 report released by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 75% of China’s wildlife trade is dominated by fur production with animals farmed for their fur, such as raccoon dogs, foxes and mink, often ending up at wildlife wet market. Transmission of the virusContinue reading “Cluster 5 Corona Virus – The end of the fur trade?”