Nature Notes

The modern world of the 21st century demands is such that are never completely free from pressure and stress; whether it be from our jobs, our families or our own expectations of what we should be.

With this in mind I decided to put little articles on here every week or so with a nature theme. Nature is always the same, whether it be the seasons reliably occurring every year or the swifts flying back from Africa to nest in the same place they did the previous year. There is a reliability and trustworthiness that is not always found in the human world, and if one takes time to notice nature instead of taking it for granted then a lot of comfort can be gained from the things to be found there. Enjoy!

Birdsong Absent

21/07/15

Birdsong suddenly vanishes after the end of June

23 degrees Celsius at 2:45pm and a cloudless sky

16/07/15

Several white butterflies have been lured out to feed on my sweet peas that climb with thin tendrils up my piece of wooden trellis.

Ivy, a tangled mass of intertwining stems, shoots and shiny leaves

16/07/15

Leave any pruning until the end of the summer to allow any nesting birds to raise a family in the ivy

The Dramatic Sunflower

25/08/12

Saturday morning

Rain and a Blackbird

25/04/12

Wednesday

Laurel Flowers

22/04/12

Sunday

Spring Has Arrived!...

23/03/12

..... and Blue Tits look for a nesting site

Guelder Rose

04/09/11

Vividly coloured and translucent fruits

Meerkats

08/07/11

Fascinating little mammals

Peregrine Falcon Chick Dies

07/06/11

Chick was born in a very immature state

Gunnera Manicata

11/05/11

Sometimes called "giant rhubarb"

Cathedral Peregrines Photographed Mating Again

08/05/11

Norwich cathedral peregrines mated again on Easter Saturday

Young Peregrine Lays Egg on Norwich cathedral spire

26/04/11

Easter egg laid on nesting platform

Peregrine Falcons in Norwich

23/04/11

Special platform erected on Norwich cathedral spire

Snakes Head Fritillaries

18/04/11

Becoming increasingly rare in the wild

Winter Aconites

08/02/11

They herald the coming of a new Spring

Hazel Catkins - Signs of Spring

31/01/11

They appear in late January and early February

Majestic Trees

08/12/10

Trees look good in winter as well!

Fairies' Bonnets

25/11/10

Members of the Ink Cap family of fungi

A Look Back to a Warmer Season

19/11/10

The peace near a river

Autumn

07/11/10

Nature goes into it's resting phase

The Diminutive Blue-Tit

21/10/10

A very engaging bird that is a master of hanging upside down

The Chaffinch

13/10/10

One of our most cheery garden birds.

Fly Agaric Mushrooms

03/10/10

Very common but also very poisonous mushrooms

Brown and Golden

23/09/10

Autumn arrives

1.5-million Fungi

16/09/10

Only 5% of all the world's fungi have been identified

Gaillardias

09/09/10

Common name is Blanket Flowers

Summer Comes to an End

02/09/10

As summer ends it is time for Nature to produce seeds

The Dapper Gatekeeper

23/08/10

One of our most common, butterflies but still attractive nevertheless.

The Exotic Garden in Norwich

28/07/10

A place of tranquility and beauty with a tropical atmosphere

A Hot and Sunny Garden

01/07/10

June has finally made up for the cold winter and the flowers are at their peak.

Goldfinch

17/06/10

Goldfinches are maybe the most handsome of the garden Finches

Poppies

06/06/10

Poppies are the symbol of World War 1

Dandelions

30/05/10

Dandelions are regarded as a weed.....

Wheatfen - a Magical Place

23/05/10

Wheatfen is a Nature Reserve managed by the Ted Ellis Trust

Siskin

16/05/10

The Siskin can sometimes be confused with the Greenfinch.

The Delicacy of Bluebells

08/05/10

Bluebells are highly scented flowers

Green Again

27/04/10

Photosynthesis is taking place at last to green everything up

Warmer Weather and Nature Catches Up

10/04/10

Spring has sprung......

Bergenias Flourish

04/04/10

Bergenias (doing very well as Spring tries to develop)

Two Red Legged Partridge and a Peacock

27/03/10

A very bedraggled Peacock

A Coiled Spring

19/03/10

Collared doves seen "kissing"......

Crows Incorporated

12/03/10

The Jackdaw is the most common Corvid

Decay and Renewal

05/03/10

A woodpecker was heard....

Woodpeckers

26/02/10

A Green Woodpecker stopped by

Spring Will be Several Weeks Late This year

18/02/10

Spring will be delayed this year

Snowdrops and Snow Drops

12/02/10

Reliable snowdrops

Starlings - Birds With Attitude!

05/02/10

Starlings are not the most attractive birds of birds

Long-Tailed Tits in my Garden

29/01/10

Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend

The Perky Robin

22/01/10

My garden robin is a very perky bird

Birds have fatter crops now the snow has gone!

15/01/10

The birds are spoilt for choice