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From botany and birds and a healthy dose of bugs too, this blog brings together my observations (and random musings) on nature in the North East.
I hope you might find something to interest you.
With the Natural History Society of Northumbria’s fantastic North East Ladybird Spot launching this week, most of this weekend has been spent searching for these colourful insects at various sitesContinue reading “The North East Ladybird ‘Year List’ begins”
2021 has been a funny old year but despite the big c and the various restrictions it brought, it has also been a memorable one.
Clad in the vibrant yellow flowers typical of ragworts, Oxford Ragwort flowers all year round and never fails to brighten up a walk along our street
Mougeot’s Whitebeam, Irish Brickfield Park2021 Mougeot’s Whitebeam, Newburn2021 It might seem odd to start a new series with a tree few have heard of (I certainly hadn’t until a fewContinue reading “Let’s talk trees: Mougeot’s Whitebeam (Sorbus mougeotii)”
Walker Riverside Park is a funny old place. Created in the 1980s, it sits atop former industrial land and boasts an intriguing mix of habitats, from grassland and woodland areas to salt-sprayed riverbanks.
I’m rubbish at tree identification, and shrubs too for that matter. There, I said it. While I can separate the more familiar British species, your oaks, birches and common maples,Continue reading “A journey through the unusual trees (and shrubs) of Newcastle”
Even marooned in the city, nature is all around.
Here you’ll find trip reports and sightings from wild walks near and far across the North East.
Local plant lists
In 2021, I set myself the challenge of looking closer at the plant life of my favourite haunts.
Here, you’ll find species lists for sites I visit often across the North East. More to come shortly!
Of all the branches of natural history, it is botany that interests me most.
While I am certainly not an expert, here you’ll find observations, articles and musings on plant life in the North East.