Gardening with nature

In recent years “gardening for nature” has been a hot topic, and rightly so; as we invade and pave over wild habitats, we need to provide spaces for the species we have dislodged in the process. Be it by putting up a bird box or planting bee-friendly plants we can all play a role in providing a home for nature on our doorsteps. The difficult part once you start is gardening with nature. I should first explain a little about our situation: We are lucky to have inherited a beautiful mature garden from the previous owners of our house, who were a retired couple with a keen interest in keeping their garden immaculate. They had bird boxes and feeders up, and naturally some of the wonderful flowers in the borders were ideal for bees and butterflies so they hadn’t created a […]

Suffolk Wildlife: A summer weekend of wonder

Despite now living quite close, Suffolk is a county I have visited little but I have wanted to do so for a long time. This last weekend I got the opportunity when my husband and I decided to take a weekend break to celebrate our wedding anniversary. With Springwatch having just finished at Minsmere we knew we were in for a treat with the Suffolk wildlife and we were not disappointed. Today I thought I’d share with you just one part of our short break. The first afternoon in the area we headed out to a local nature reserve, Darsham Marshes which is managed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. We spent a very enjoyable hour or so walking around the reserves and it was a wonderful spot despite the overcast weather. The first thing we spotted having suited and booted […]

Miniature Miracles of Nature

I love exploring different wild locations and I find that just as every season brings different natural delights, so these pockets of wilderness have a varying character throughout the year. The local wood is at its most vibrant in April when the bluebells are in full bloom, and the meadow next door takes on its own carpet of colour a few weeks later when the cowslips, cuckoo flower and green winged orchids are at their finest. By contrast, the small patch of marsh just down the road is at its best now in my opinion. There are all sorts of lovely species which call it home throughout the year, but the summer months see a series of colours adorn the anthills and a wonderful buzz in the air. Essentially it is little more than a small field, albeit rather boggy at one […]

Wild Walks

This week I thought I’d share with you a few photos from various wild walks I’ve been on recently. In the spirit of the “30 Days Wild” campaign run by the Wildlife Trusts which starts today, I like to try and get outdoors as much as possible and often for me that means taking myself off for a walk on the wild side. The only problem is that sometimes I don’t get very far very fast because something has caught my attention and then I spot something else a couple of feet away and so the cycle continues. I don’t always carry my camera with me, I do occasionally feel like a break – it seems that every creature on the planet knows when this happens though and inevitably, they all come out and dance in front of me at […]