ly I feel a little apprehensive using the term naturalist, however heavily I may emphasise that I am but an amateur. There’s no real need to put label to it, to define a term that is so broad and to underline my interests that are forever growing and changing. I am and overwhelmingly so in … Continue reading come together
Just 30cm from the water table grasses, sedges and rushes grow through rich soils. I was amazed by how the flora changed as we moved though drying soils, then again as we walked over wetter parcels. I felt a fondness to Carex Distans, in my own sensitivity more commonly known as Distant Sedge. I found … Continue reading wet grassland and the lowlands
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
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.
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