Thursday, 21 May 2015


Common shrew. The tail is half the length of the body.

Water shrew. Tiny eyes!

 Red-tailed bumblebee (I think)


 Water vole latrine

Friday, 15 May 2015

How Nature Helps when you're Feeling Down


English bluebells

 pied wagtail

There's a lot to be said for sitting quietly in a green space, thinking (or not thinking).

Monday, 11 May 2015

For my Mum

I don't normally put personal things on this blog, but this post is a special one for my wonderful mum, who died last night. Without her I'd never have learned to love nature, and that passion is without doubt one of the greatest gifts she could have passed onto me.

Who ignited that flame in you? If you can, say thank you to them. And then let's in turn pass the flame on, joyfully.

Love you, Mum. xxx

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Edgeley Road Warming Up

Plenty of burrows now in the banks, plus more and more voles.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Other Than Voles

Brown rat - very different from a water vole

Sexton beetle

Early Thorn

Mum fox, and cubs

Smug rabbit

Starting to get sightings now in the field off Edgeley Road. In the meantime, hedgehogs are crowding the garden, and I was lucky enough to get this glimpse of a family of fox cubs playing on the other side of town.

Monday, 20 April 2015


This water vole with an infected eye has been around for about ten days now at White Lion Meadow car park. It's a wound probably received from a rat or another vole. I've seen several voles over the years with just one eye, and they seem to cope; the female last year brought up at least one litter.

Meanwhile I'm starting to see latrines and burrows that are definitely water vole in the field off Edgeley Road. I don't know why this colony's so late in getting started.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

White Lion Meadow Getting Busy

I don't think I've ever seen as many burrows in the banks there.