It was a record day with Skippers today on my butterfly transect, a pleasent walk counted over 170 in 10 sections recording my first ever Essex Skipper as well as my first (slightly) more common Gatekeeper. A common blue was still holding on, tethered, rugged and discoloured. Marbled Whites flushed out from the folliage in … Continue reading Butterfly Transect
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.
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
Last weekend I drove for two hours through thunder, breaks of showers and blue skies, I trekked through 874 acres of woodland to find a glade, some sun and photograph the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary as it basked among Bugle in the deciduous woodland clearing. I felt a sense of gratitude for the coppice cutters who work tirelessly … Continue reading 874 acres and a thought to the coppice cutter