September, 2014


We're about more than just birds (though obviously we like them a lot).

Notes on nature

We love nature... from every little bug on a blade of grass to birds, butterflies, otters and oaks!
  • Monday's magic moment: darting about

    As September slips into October our insects are shutting up shop until next spring.

    Not all of them though. Attempting to match the autumn colours, male common darters are still patrolling the air. I spotted a couple at the weekend - have you seen any of these or any other insects recently?

    Here's a photo of the male, females are a much more sedate greeny-brown. They're one of the last species of dragonfly still flying at this time of year and can even be seen into November. So keep your eye out!

    Male common darter. Image by Mark Hamblin (

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  • Monday's magic moment: searching for dippers

    I walked for miles down a stream in the Lake District the other day, a journey that surely merited an encounter with one of my favorite birds, the dipper

    But as nature is inclined to do sometimes it left me wanting, so I delved into RSPB-images today to take a digital look at what I missed out on in real life. 

    Dipper taken by Mike Lane for

    This brave little soul is perched on the edge of what must seem like a raging waterfall to a creature this size.

    A brilliant moment caught for us by Mike Lane for

  • Monday's magic moment: Out of the grass...

    I've got a question for you.

    Have you ever walked through a meadow, and seen a small brown bird erupt out of the grass in front of you and fly off? Yes? Well that happened to me a lot yesterday.

    I was out at Orfordness - a shingly slice of Suffolk's varied coastline. A former cold war nuclear testing site, it's long since been abandoned to nature. In amongst the rusting metal, sprawling brambles and shifting sands, meadow pipits make their home.

    I wasn't looking for meadow pipits per se, but there were certainly plenty of these little guys about. So, here's a picture of one in flight. As, let's face it, they're normally up and away before you get a chance to see them!

    Meadow pipit in flight. Photo by Richard Revels (

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