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


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