Here is a picture I took of me holding a female Grass snake. If it was not for my springer spaniel standing on it whilst walking one evening, I would have not seen it! Though as you can see, this one is very large – in fact the biggest I have seen. Grass snakes Read more about A Remarkable Grass Snake[…]
On one of my rare days off, I thought I would take a wander through the woods with my two dogs. Even when I’m not working, I love to spend some time at the ‘camp’ within the woods, just to have a tidy up and enjoy a small camp fire. There’s nothing quite like spending Read more about The Woods Are Full of Surprises[…]
WELL, wasn’t that a thunderstorm to talk about? Probably the most dramatic I have seen in this country for a long time. The rain was much needed. My lawn at home has now turned green again from what looked like brown dead desert grass. The thunder and lightning reminded me of a storm Read more about A Change In The Weather[…]
These are horse chestnut leaves. As you can clearly see they have been invaded by something that is making them go brown. In fact, it is caused by the actions of the Horse-chestnut leaf miner moth larvae (Cameraria ohridella). Each female moth lays between 20 and 40 eggs singly on the upper surface of leaves, Read more about The Curse of the Horse-Chestnut Leaf Miner[…]
Here’s a recent photo of a Jackdaw and Kestrel fighting. Notice the position of the Kestrel’s head? While he continues to look straight ahead, the rest of his body has twisted completely round to fend off the jackdaw’s attack. The reason he can do this is because they have extra vertebrae (not sure how many) Read more about Bird Fight[…]
Whilst walking my dogs late last night I noticed little flashing lights in the grass, well it turned out to be Glow-Worms. Known worldwide as fireflies, belonging to the family Lampiridae, our British variety are called Lampyris noctiluca and are found all over Europe.These are actually beetles , and it is the adult females who Read more about Glow worms[…]
Now is the time of year that cherries are ripening. All cherries are edible whether growing on a tree by the roadside, in a park or your garden; wait until they have ripened nicely and pick. Remember to wash them and cool off in the fridge over night , then sit back and enjoy the Read more about It’s Cherry Picking Time[…]
I just had a fantastic day working with students from Orchard Academy at Stoke Park, who were studying GCSE Biology. This is a “Wild City” project and we will be doing lots more events like this after the summer holiday.
Last nights ghost walk 12 july 2013 Posted on July 14, 2013 by Steve England well the first ghost walk of this year 2013 a fantastic crowd of 35 guests arrived all excited to go off on a spooky walk through Stoke Park, it was a very warm evening temp hit 26 degrees and that Read more about Last nights ghost walk 13th july 2013[…]
Many of us aren’t used to hot summers and it can be easy to forget just how much hotter it feels for our furry friends. Leaving a dog in a car even for a short time can be fatal. Temperatures in cars can soar to very high levels in minutes, even with windows left partially Read more about Keep pets cool in this heat[…]
Here is an article i wrote last december when the blue bells were growing and summer fruits were very tasty so not right topsy turvy weather in our country climate evidence
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What an incredible evening! We had a fantastic turnout of 20 guests, great to see youngsters coming along. We took our Bat detectors with us and as we entered the woods they soon came to life with the click click click of Britain’s smallest species the Pipistrelle. I have not seen so many at the Read more about Last night’s bat walk at Stoke Park[…]