*** So- the final post from my time in Spain. Sitting here in Cambridge, my window wide open to try to deal with the oppressive heat, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine I’m back there. Therefore, please regard this post as a multi-sensory experience-  just read it before the heatwave ends. *** MADRID … More NEW NATIVES


The Sierra de Guadarrama, in June, is what wildflower dreams are made of. The towering grasses, the swathes of chamomile, the colour. Add the heat, the chirruping of the crickets and the rattle of the azure-winged magpies, and you have a full on assault on the senses- a feast where everything is abundant. This week I arrived back from 5 … More FLORA HISPANICA


In one of those instances where you never notice something until someone points it out to you, and then you see it everywhere; last week I noticed the cow parsley. There seems to the swathes of the stuff wherever I look at the moment, but with its fern-like leaves, geometric stalks, and delicate little white … More IN THE COW PARSLEY


After hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of photographs, I still don’t feel like I’ve shot anything that truly captures the magic of a bluebell wood. I suppose it’s one of those experiences that isn’t just about what you see, but it’s about the smell and feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin and … More BLUEBELL WOOD


New job, new city, new palaeontology museum, as the saying goes. Ahem. The only time I’d previously visited Cambridge’s Sedgwick museum was nervously before job interviews, but I remember making a mental note that if I ever found myself here again, I’d go and see it properly. After moving here at the end of February … More THE SEDGWICK


Judging by all that glorious sunshine last week, we seem to have sped through Spring and landed squarely in Summer – but in this post I want to take you back to two weeks ago, when we’d just shaken off the last of the cold March weather and it felt like everything was still just … More FOLLOW THE SPIDERS


Easter landed early this year, and when I looked at the grim weather forecast for the long weekend I knew that my usual plan of finding a little sun trap at Strumpshaw from which to watch spring unfurl just wasn’t going to cut it. Enter the amphibians- known to spawn as early as January, I … More OPHELIA