Half-Penny: by the riverside

Half-Penny: by the riverside

Today I thought I would try something different and, forgoing the urge to travel in search of nature, opted for a more relaxed approach to observation. Choosing to simply sit, watch and wait in a setting that, more so than any other, has enthused me since childhood: the Half-Penny Wood. It was the river which held [...]

#PatchChat: Spring Soldiers On

#PatchChat: Spring Soldiers On

I posted last week about the resurgence of spring on my local patch - a few bees, buds and butterflies heralding the arrival of the changing season. Of course, these things have continued to factor into my daily ventures this week though, of late, things appear to have stepped up a gear or two. The [...]

A Festive Surprise on Patch

A Festive Surprise on Patch

This week found me once again dashing off towards the hallowed ground of the local patch, on this occasion in search of everyone's favourite festive treat, the Waxwing. Given the news of seven of the colourful migrants in the area it is safe to say that I had a bit more spring in my step [...]

Blyth, yet again.. – 10/12/15

Blyth, yet again.. – 10/12/15

A busy week this week with numerous articles to write and my first shifts back behind the bar in Newcastle (It's only temporary James), despite this however I did manage two visits to the patch and once again left feeling wholly satisfied. The Blyth and its surrounds have gone from strength to strength of late [...]

Lard Loving Wood Mice – 07/12/15

Lard Loving Wood Mice – 07/12/15

To date all of the videos coming out of my 'small mammal station' have been rather brief. Voles and mice tend to dash in and steal food, no doubt in an effort to cache it for harder times. This had lead to a number of poor, or at least very short videos. This week I [...]

The Local Patch -20/11/15

The Local Patch -20/11/15

A blustery, cold and generally rather dull few days on the local patch though despite the unfavorable conditions the local wildlife continues to impress and entertain. The patch is now caught up firmly in the grips of winter it seems with overwintering wildfowl and waders flocking back to the area in droves, all be it a tad later [...]