Not being much of a one for endlessly sitting in a hide, serendipity has come to play a very large part in my wildlife watching. I’d much rather set out into a nature reserve without set plans of what I want to see than to stake out a particular location. Of course, the main purpose … More SNIPE


Well- that was some weather we had last week. Things have just about thawed out in Norwich, and this last post from Colombia has me itching for some warmer days and longer evenings. This the final one from last year’s enormous odyssey, which signals that it must be time to start planning next year’s 😀. … More THE BOTANIC GARDEN


Yep- we’re back in the Centenario again. The park at the edge of Cartagena’s old town is like some sort of Mary Poppins bag of amazing wildlife- for, as well as the monkeys, that tiny plot also has a population of sloths and enormous green iguanas. Like the monkeys, their being able to make their … More CENTENARIO


We’ve had a couple of cold, rainy days recently- the sort that are most enjoyed from the comfort of a sofa with a steaming hot chocolate and not outside testing the waterproofness of one’s outer layers. So instead of reporting on the goings on around Norfolk, I thought I’d let the blog go travelling again- … More COTTON-TOP


If this is a week for underdogs (go team GB!) then writing about lichens seems about right. Fiendishly difficult to identify and small in stature, it’s not surprising that they don’t get much of the limelight- but their obscurity seems a little bit unfair once you start uncovering how strange and wonderful they are. Lichens … More LICHEN


Dare I say, we might be at a turning point? These past few weeks have seen such a huge number of articles, pledges and inspiring stories about plastic pollution that maybe, just maybe, I feel we’re starting to see the cultural shift that’s needed. I was really happy to see the recent pledges by supermarkets … More PLASTIC FREE TEA


Hope you all had a lovely weekend! Mine was spent making the most of Strumpshaw Fen finally emerging from the floodwaters- but, more importantly, I raised a glass to the one year anniversary edition of New Nature magazine, which this month features an article written by yours truly (you can skip to it here). In … More I’M IN NEW NATURE!


It’s that time of year again- the Christmas tree is up, it’s socially acceptable to mull everything, and the UK’s coast has been become a hot-bed of extreme cuteness as the grey seal pupping season gets into full swing. This year we visited the colony at Horsey on the first week of December, and it … More SEAL PUP