Straws for Thought

( Feature image – array colour which are black, yellow, pink, blue plastic straws) The Marine Conservation Society states that in the UK every year we go through an estimated 8.5 billion straws and it is one of top ten items regularly found on beach cleans. With Sir David Attenborough’s documentary, ‘Blue Planet 2’, which…

Birds Do it, Bees Do it: The World of Animal Courtship

(Feature image –  Green face of Praying mastitis looking toward camera – from Pixabay) Whether it’s the pea hen immediate reaction when she observes a male peacock with his tail fanned in a courtship ritual to the passionate fighting of stags for does to the wonderful art work of a puffer fish.  Rather than the…

When the Wildness Called

( feature image – A painting of fox by TAPRIUS from Pixabay) My interest in the natural world came back to me at a time in my life, when I really needed something to occupy my mind. During this period the state of my anxiety was at its lowest ebb and I did not know…

An Alternative Local Patch Report – Welcome to Longden Road Cemetery

( Feature Image Description: Headstones among yellow summer grass) In the distance I can hear the piercing sound of ambulance sirens from urban life. However, I feel miles away from it as I stand here surrounded by the ornate Victorian gravestones of Longden road cemetery. This is one of my local wildlife patches. It is…

What its like Work for a Wildlife Conservation charity

( Image description :Headstone of a cross that fallen off it mount. The cross is leaning on the mount. At the beginning of June, I landed a part-time job as a data entry assistant for, ‘Caring for God’s Acre’, a secular charity that conserves old cemeteries for wildlife and heritage. I am part of the Beautiful…

How My Faith Has Enhanced My Perspective of the Natural World

( Featured image – Shows head stone figure of angel praying) When it comes to natural history and faith, I find that both subjects complement each other and enhance my perspective of the natural world. There is something, I feel, that is spiritually uplifting when you observe a creature, which you have read a lot…

Review of, ‘Owl Sense’, by Miriam Darlington

( Feature image- Barn Owl in flight – from Pixabay) In her second book, Miriam Darlington takes her readers into the intriguing world of the owl and how these fascinating, mysterious, creatures have captivated the human mind throughout history to the present day. This story begins with Miriam starting her field work in Britain, where…