MALLIMACK

Discovering new places is awesome. Discovering new places that unexpectedly host some of your favourite seabirds is more awesome still. A couple of weekends ago we broke the long drive from Norwich to Manchester with a quick detour to Hunstanton beach. A quick online search had informed me that the famous red and white cliffs were a … More MALLIMACK

RHYTHMS

These pictures were taken during the Easter weekend, on stroll over to Mousehold Heath on Saturday, and a meander through Strumpshaw Fen on Sunday. The sun was feeble but it was warm enough to be out without a coat, and the flowering garlic mustard was attracting in delicate little hoverflies. I saw my first orange tip and speckled … More RHYTHMS

BURROWERS

More than any other season, Spring is defined by firsts. First swallow, first cuckoo, first snowdrop, first frog spawn, first bumblebee queen. For me though, the arrival of Spring these past few years has been heralded by something a little smaller, hidden beside a very ordinary bench at Strumpshaw Fen. It would be excessively easy to … More BURROWERS

LONGHORN

It’s a month since I was last at Strumpshaw Fen, but things have noticeably shifted in those four weeks and it now feels like the reedbeds are on the brink on summer. St Mark’s flies, which were lazily flying in their hundreds the last time I was there, are now completely absent and have been … More LONGHORN

BANK HOLIDAY

As bank holiday weekends go, this last one was practically perfect in every way. Sandwiched between a pyjama day on Sunday, I spent Saturday and Monday at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen and Buckenham Marshes. The sun was out, the cuckoos were calling, the bitterns booming, and if I listed every single species I saw this post … More BANK HOLIDAY

HORSEY

December is an exciting month for many – mince pies, twinkly lights and mulled everything (Yep,this one’s a bit late. The blog setting up zeal of September obviously hasn’t continued, but I’m going to try to rekindle it. And I love reminiscing about Christmas). But most exciting of all, it’s seal pupping season. I honestly rate this … More HORSEY

WASP VS. ANT

I got a few strange looks heading out with a macro lens in early September. True, it’s not the invertebrate bonanza that August is, and for the first half hour or so it was all flies and snails. BUT, I like that it forces you to take a closer look at things, so I stubbornly carried on … More WASP VS. ANT