Archive for July, 2009

Goodbye aphids and nasturtiums

In between the days and days and days of rain, it’s been quite nice. Read more…

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Four crepuscular forays on the Moors

Dawn and dusk are special times for watching wildlife, and in summer the two are virually indistinguishable. The barely fading light; the smell of dew and wet grass, the quietening air and stillness…..special moments. Read more…

Portrait of Bempton Cliffs

Bempton RSPB reserve is on the Yorkshire coast between Filey and Bridlington, and one of the largest seabird colonies in England. It’s nothing short of spectacular. Read more…

Portrait of Ellerburn Bank

Ellerburn Bank is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) near Pickering, managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. It is a tiny (3 hectare) limestone grassland and one of the best recorded sites in Yorkshire, for good reason: it’s pure heaven. I hope I give you a flavour of what’s on offer. It’s such a shame that three hectares is all we have. Read more…

Insect festival a blazing success!

Yesterday the weather was far, far too kind; especially for those of us locked indoors surrounded by thousands of eager bug-enthusiasts for hours on end in the slow oven that was the Hospitium ground floor. Read more…

Why did I grow those plants?

Well, there’s a host of new stuff in the mini-meadow. I liken this to a third phase of flowering; first the spring stuff – cowslips and like; then the early summer stuff – buttercups and such; and now the high summer stuff…..but why did I grow those plants….? Read more…