Nature Diary – Jottings of and Amateur Photographer and Nature lover.

  • Brownsea Island

    Brownsea Island

    Sunday 23rd July Select an image to see a bigger view and use the left and right arrows on the picture to browse the images.

  • Trip to Skomer!

    Trip to Skomer!

    After six months of no posts I think this one is a good one to restart them with! Unfortunately after Christmas my husband was diagnosed with cancer and it’s been a roller coaster of a ride but we are out the other side just about, a major operation and everyday visits to Poole Hospital for…

  • Sunnyside Winter Wader Ringing Demo

    Sunnyside Winter Wader Ringing Demo

    A little while ago my friend and I booked for a Winter Wader Ringing demo with Birds of Poole Harbour which took place on 21st December 2022, starting at 7.30pm, it would be in the dark and both of us weren’t sure what to expect. After travelling down in thick fog and going to the…

  • Around Home – December

    Around Home – December

    As always I’m trying to catch up once again! Even though I’ve been only going out on my dog walks it’s always worth keeping an eye on what’s about, although in the morning at the moment because of the late sunrise I’m out well before dawn, but it means I often hear the Tawny Owls…

  • Avalon Marshes 1 – Starlings Lift-off

    Avalon Marshes 1 – Starlings Lift-off

    On Saturday 12th November I had a text message from Elaine, Rod my husband’s niece telling me she had been to see the Starlings come in to roost at RSPB Ham Wall that evening and what a fantastic time she had. She mentioned that she might go and watch them leave in the morning. I…

  • Avalon Marshes 2 – RSPB Ham Wall

    Avalon Marshes 2 – RSPB Ham Wall

    After making the effort for the early morning start it was not a good idea to just go home, although the Starlings were amazing we thought  we would have a wander for the morning and perhaps we could see some more wildlife. Elaine had seen a Whooper Swan at the far end of the reserve…

  • Avalon Marshes 3 – Shapwick Heath

    Avalon Marshes 3 – Shapwick Heath

    Across the road to Shapwick Heath and we headed up the old railway track, Elaine had said there was talk of an American Wigeon being sighted in the scrape near the Tower hide so we were hoping to see him. We hadn’t spotted any Wigeon at Ham wall so we were hoping. Before we could…

  • Day at Windows on Wildlife hide

    Day at Windows on Wildlife hide

    I had a great day out on Wednesday 26th October with friend Ange at Dean Mason‘s woodland hide.  We had booked a combination day with 6 hours in the bird hide and 2 hours with the Harvest Mice but unfortunately the weather was not good for the Harvest Mice it was quite windy and they…

  • Win Green

    Win Green

    The middle of October and it was a bright sunny day, so Rod and I took a short ride up to Win Green, a lovely viewpoint to see the landscape all around, down to the coast, towards the Blackmore Vale and across Wiltshire. It was a little chilly with a cold wind blowing. I just…