Spurge Spotting at Staxton

#30dayswild day 13 I was in Malton twenty mins early for my Scarborough bus this morning and availed myself of an earlier bus (the Bridlington service, which shares the same route as far as Staxton roundabout, before heading off to Filey and Brid.) I knew that changing at Staxton would afford me a little over…

East of Eden

30 days wild, Day 9 I spent some time exploring an area east of Eden Camp, near Malton on Saturday, along quiet lanes north of the Malton by-pass. The purpose was to check out a square I volunteered to survey for the long term habitat survey scheme called NPMS. The acronym stands for National Plant…

A ‘Miner’ Distraction…

30 days wild, Days 6, 7 and 8 I toyed with a number of ways to entitle this post, before settling on a deliberate word-play on minor /miner. The word miner here refers not to the occupation of my late grandfather’s fellow workers in the Barnsley coalfield, but rather to a much smaller but equally…

Rattling Molehills

30 DaysWild Days 3, 4 and 5 This blog title is designed to intrigue. It will all become clear, trust me. Just read on. In the meantime I must quickly recap. If you follow my Instagram you may have seen that on Sunday we were in York, and enjoyed a five minute communion with nature in…

Springtime – the season of life and death

At this time of year, life and death are often very near at hand. While we see plants growing in fecund profusion and birds’ frenetic activity feeding hungry chicks from dawn until dusk, look around and I am sure you will see mortality too, like this shrew I came across on a footpath or a…