Sunday morning I sat at the breakfast table with an ordnance survey map and pointed to a blue square on the page - 'I wonder what that looks like'.... The walk took us though agricultural fields, we jumped a fence and found the secret reservoir where a heron flew over head and reed warblers, invisible… Continue reading ordnance survey maps- nr. Reculver Kent
When weekends arrive its back out in the field, with a little time for dinner and drinking coffee in country pubs combating field guides and bird call recordings- we repeat over and over. Spending 5 days out on the reserves, then another 2 in the field its hard to break away from what is my… Continue reading I’m so stoked and there’s still tomorrow.
There has been an obscure transparency filling the days in the last few weeks, seasons are moving and I am trying to fit them into some linear system of colour nomenclature. Brown soon blossomed white flurries, yellows turn over and over in every shade and now every colour. Muted purples at dusk, summer plumage, static… Continue reading Taking it all in
Went on a little weekend day excursion to photograph this beautiful orchid The Bee Orchid is quite obviously named after the insect it mimics and will attract male bees with its disguise. As the curious male bee pays his visit the disguised orchide is pollinated! A very scheming promise of love! A merit for the… Continue reading Ophrys apifera
There seemed to be some ritualistic setup by the sheerer, attaching sheers from a chord synced with a generator, laying a flat board and changing from his boots to leather bound moccasins. Everything felt so careful yet confident and I stood unsure learning from it all. I was so impressed by the skilled sheerer who… Continue reading How delightful to see an evening in spring
It was full day monitoring the flora at Sandwich Bay, the wind as ever blasted the face and unwilling turned the page of our books and recording sheets. It is a reserve renowned for an estimated 90% of the UK's Lizard Orchid Population and hosts a fascinating array of plants that are not only aesthetically… Continue reading Botany at Sandwich Bay
I had absolutely no idea what this was when it was spotted resting/ sucking the juices of Bracken in East Blean woods. The Centrotus cornutus is put simply a horned treehopper and is one of only two tree-bopping species living in Britain. Belonging to the Membracidae family it is characterized by the 'Pronotum'* extending back… Continue reading True Bugs