HORSEY ROOKERY I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had the conversation where I’ve tried to convince someone that wildlife of the British Isles is every bit as charismatic as that you get elsewhere. It’s true that in terms of species numbers, the UK is relatively depauperate. It’s also true that we don’t … More THE ROOKERY


CHESTER ZOO I started putting this post together on Friday, as a temporary laptop absence gave me some time to delve into the archives of my old MacBook. The photos were taken on a festive trip we took around this time last year to Chester Zoo, my absolute favourite in the UK. We had wondered … More DRAGONS


Recently I read a review of Liz Bonnin’s excellent Drowning in Plastic (which, if you haven’t seen yet, is definitely worth a watch). It was a decent review, but what stuck with me most was that it described stuff like the post below as ‘frantically bailing water from the Titanic with the metaphorical equivalent of a thimble’. … More A PLASTIC FREE BATHROOM


If anything was going to be enough of a lure for me to brave the replacement bus service to Strumpshaw, it was the promise of a new-born calf. No sooner had it been mentioned than I was trying to manoeuvre my bike into the luggage compartment of the coach before hastily wrestling it back out … More CHAMPIGNON


* TAPS * HELLO?? IS THIS THING ON? Once again, it’s been a while. A couple of posts ago I mentioned that life had been busy, what with work and travel plans and patchy internet access. And to be honest, things up until now just haven’t stopped. I’m not complaining- I know it’s a privilege to … More LIFE, LATELY


BULGARIA Of all the places on that made it onto my summer travel list, Bulgaria was very much the least expected. When the invite to the Black Sea coast arrived for the (absolutely awesome) wedding of a friend, I immediately started looking at flights- but I figured that the few days I’d spend there wouldn’t be … More SWALLOWS OF SOZOPOL


*** 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