Author: timh

Shag by Denis O'Connor 0

Hornoya, Norway

For a bird enthusiast, especially one living in the centre of the country equidistant from both coasts, seabird colonies are a source of wonder and fascination. In May this year I visited one of...

European hedgehog 0

Garden hedgehogs

Events over the past month have made me realise quite forcibly that I need to revise and adjust my thinking – even in areas where I felt I had some expertise. A mortifying but...

Azure Damselfly 0

Climate change effects on local insects

In the first week of June, while doing a bird survey below Harewood on a sunny morning, hundreds of Banded Demoiselles, our largest damselfly, crowded the riverside grass along the Wharfe. However, after that...

Birdseye primrose 0

Summer Flora

My garden is looking particularly colourful at present with many different colours of geraniums along a dry border and two splendid rambling roses just coming into flower. I’m not an expert but I do...

Pine Marten 0

Scottish garden visitors

My sister in the Scottish Highlands is an inveterate observer and recorder of her garden wildlife, just like me. The difference is that hers is rarer and, arguably, more exciting. For twelve years she’s...

Herald 0

Herald moth

Now into my eighth year of moth trapping it is always a highlight to encounter a new species, especially one as beautiful as that shown, resting on my hand before release, with a 44mm...

Blue Chaffinch 0

Bird puzzlers

Sometimes our most familiar creatures set us puzzles. Dunnocks are regular visitors to our feeders: three of them have been in a state of high excitement since mid-March – tail dipping, wing flicking and...

butterbur 0

Butterbur

Out cycling at this time of year, I often pass what from a distance look like rather strange pink hyacinths. These are the flowers of the BUTTERBUR (Petasites hybridus). Most people will recognise butterbur...

dOC 0

English Country Garden

A song remembered from my youth, sung by Nana Mouskouri, extolled the attractions of the English country garden. Some parts of it still apply both to country and urban gardens, especially the first verse...

Roe deer 0

White Doe of Rylstone

“Cast not a clout till May be out”, was a saying much quoted in my childhood. I was puzzled as to whether it meant the month or the blossom – and still am. However,...