Star Carr Stomping ground

Revisiting an old haunt in Scarborough’s Vale of Pickering

Staying Wild

How did everyone get on with #30DaysWild last month? I must confess to being a bit erratic with it this year – erratic with posting stuff at least. I find the challenge was not so much finding the daily wild moments (and this in itself is a huge measure of the scheme’s success, is it not?)….

Breezy Knees Bingo

      On a weekend whim, we paid a visit on Sunday afternoon to a local garden open to the public which is really a dazzling riot of colour and buzzing with insect life at this time of year. Breezy Knees Gardens, near Warthill was set up from scratch on former arable fields and…

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…