Notes on nature in the North East


Thanks for stopping by Common By Nature!

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.

Latest from the Blog

The flora of Walker Riverside

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.

Nature diary

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.