The sea! Whether we swim, paddle, snorkel, sail, dive… we’re only scratching the surface of the biggest ecosystem on the planet. And yet – it adds so much to our lives! I wouldn’t want to […]
It’s not the first time during the past few months that the language politicians use in relation to the covid-19 pandemic leaves me somewhere between incredulity and hilarity. If it wasn’t so serious, a lot […]
The shore at low tide and everywhere is life. Barnacles on limpets on oysters on rocks.
A few weeks ago, my new wildlife pond was freshly dug, lined and filled. Now, we happily marvel at the plethora of invertebrates, birds and bats who simply ‘arrived’. I’ve identified at least four different […]
Which animal has the most teeth? Well, you can take a hint of the answer from the image. They left their glistening traces after feasting on this fungus. Snails and slugs! Thousands of them, perhaps […]
Stop. Look. See! That’s been my take on local lockdown walks with my dog T’isker, even though they are quite energetic. The shape of this hedgerow flower, normally blurred by 30 mph and a car […]
Late light sky reflection in my pond. Serene, calm, quiet time for reflection.
It’s good to see Purple Loosestrife in the wild, among reeds and Meadowsweet in a ditch along the bank of the Tamar estuary. It is one of the plants I introduced to my wildlife pond […]
Ragwort! Its flowers are pretty but it contains, as many plants, some toxins that deter grazing. To animals this can be a problem when consumed in hay, but fresh it tastes too bad to be […]
St John’s Wort is said, in traditional medicine, to have properties that relieve anxiety and depression. Perhaps seeing it grow in a richly diverse wild flower meadow may also help to lift the spirit. It […]