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

  • Fungi at Ringmoor

    Fungi at Ringmoor

    I wanted to get out and photograph some fungi before they disappeared, I had been unwell with Covid and it was the first time I had felt like going anywhere, it would be a leisurely walk under the trees using my powers of observation to spot the fungi. I decided on NT Ringmoor near Okeford…

  • Constructing a Wildlife pond

    Constructing a Wildlife pond

    Our garden was looking very sad over the summer what with not being able to work on it during the spring and then the heat and drought so I happened to mention to Rod it would be rather nice to have a wildlife pond at the bottom of the garden. The area lends itself to…

  • Birds of Poole Harbour Osprey Cruise

    Birds of Poole Harbour Osprey Cruise

    Early in September, Rod’s niece came to visit primarily to go on the final morning Osprey cruise of the year with Birds of Poole Harbour. The Osprey breeding programme has been doing well and a pair of Ospreys bred in the harbour for the first time for 200 years, they successfully produced two chicks who…

  • RSPB Ham Wall and Catcott

    RSPB Ham Wall and Catcott

    I really do have some catching up to do! October has been a bit of a disruptive month firstly we built a wildlife pond, more to come in another post! Then we managed to get Covid and we are just beginning to come round from that so hopefully I’ll be out and about with my…

  • Autumn coming!

    Autumn coming!

    Looks like autumn migration is underway now at the beginning of September. Early in the morning on 1st September I spotted lots of Swallows gathering on the electric wires at the back of our house, busy preening their feathers and flying over the field feeding on insects. I think we have more this year than…

  • Humming-bird Hawk-moths

    Humming-bird Hawk-moths

    It was worth dead heading our straggly Buddleia bush to keep it going, I thought it wasn’t going to produce any more flowers because it has been so dry, but it’s trying, with a few small flowers enough to bring in a few Butterflies and a couple of Humming-bird Hawk-moths in early September We have…

  • Judy’s Garden!

    Judy’s Garden!

    It’s been very quiet in my garden the birds have been absent for a while now, but 100 yards up the road my friend Judy’s garden has been busy. Her garden is a little oasis, although small it has mature shrubs and trees and is very sheltered. She asked me if I would like to…

  • At Home

    At Home

    August is usually a quiet month in my garden and with the very dry spell it has been even quieter. Up until the end of the Big Butterfly count we were having a few Butterflies in although not in great quantities I recorded Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Peacock, Large and Small White,…

  • Hares

    Hares

    Most of the crops have now been gathered in towards the middle of August and I’ve been hoping I might see Hares about on my early morning walks. I wasn’t sure if I would be lucky as the fields were so parched and I was thinking there wouldn’t be much in the way of vegetation…