Birds in flight – Pigeons

Who needs feet when you have wings to fly’ – Frida Kahlo Despite a rather hazy start and less than promising forecast today turned out to be quite an unexpectedly glorious day! I spent the morning on my local patch but with little activity at ground level I turned my attention skywards, using the opportunity…

Beebombs

At the start of lockdown some months ago, finding myself with a lot more free time on my hands (how I long for that now!) I finally got around to planting my ‘beebombs’. Beebombs are wildflower seedballs designed to be scattered on open ground or in gardens to replicate a wildflower meadow. With such habitats…

Fallen leaves

When it comes to the seasons I can never quite decide whether I prefer spring or autumn, however there is something about the cold, crisp air of a sunny autumn morning and the golden hues taking over the natural world which I find particularly appealing. Today a carpet of fallen autumn leaves provided a beautiful…

The importance of wildflowers: Part 2

You may have seen my previous post about the importance of wildflowers, continuing that theme today I am looking at another small but vital habitat close to home. Just above the high tide line of the harbour is a small patch of rough ground, usually strewn with small rowing boats used by seafarers to reach…

Herring gulls: Villain or victim?

A few weeks ago I rescued a herring gull chick from the pavement in Aberystwyth, after it fell from it’s nest unable to fly. Unfortunately the fall had resulted in a broken leg and this was so badly damaged there was nothing that could be done but to take the bird to a vet and…

The importance of wildflowers

Stepping just outside my back door is a small wildflower verge, a strip of long grass and a tangle of wildflowers, underappreciated by the regular traffic of dogwalkers. This area is however a small but vital habitat for many species of plants and animals and should be valued and protected. Plantains and grasses growing wild…

Walk on water

After a couple of glorious warm days in February the weather has very much taken a turn for the worse, battering us with torrential winds and rain. Thankfully this morning there was a brief lull and few hours of pleasant sunshine to soak up before the moody grey clouds rolled in once more… The recent…

Feeding frenzy

With the breeding season now well under way the harbour is a hive of activity as many birds gather materials to maintain their nests, and collect food for their chicks concealed within. The house sparrows in particular have been visiting their favourite feeding sites like clockwork, as the parents try to keep up with the…

Flight of the bumblebee

Spring has arrived late in the UK this year, and the delay of warmer weather has meant that many of our insect species have also been slow to emerge from their winter hibernation. With the long anticipated, and very welcome arrival of sunny skies, flowers have finally sprung up, ready and waiting to be pollinated…

Turn of the tide

As the tide retreats twice a day here in the Aberystwyth harbour, a small expanse of mud flat is revealed, attracting a variety of bird species to this rich feeding ground. One of the most frequent visitors are the Turnstones, small stocky wading birds found all across the Uk coastline during the winter months. There…

Burton in bloom

Whilst visiting family in my hometown of Burton on Trent I was able to spare some brief time to visit the local riverside as usual. It was a rather dreary, overcast day and as the evening was approaching, most of the birds were already returning to their roosts. The mute swans and geese here too…

April Showers

A typical wet and windy bank holiday weekend put a dampener on any plans for bird photography, however another opportunity arose once the rain had finally stopped falling. With my tiny garden newly filled with plants and flowers, raindrops were left shimmering, clinging to their leaves and petals. Raindrops have always been another of my…