Finding Grass of Parnassus

I leave the forest shadows, click through the gate and enter a contrasting openness that is ‘Ellers Wood & Sand Dale’, a Site of Special Scientific Interest hugging the boundary of Dalby Forest. I look to my left. The land rises clumsily, gradually. Springs flow down; underground, over-ground then under my feet reappearing to create a marsh to my right. I turn and look across the marsh. It leads…

What’s in the moth box? August

Welcome to ‘What’s in the box?’, a regular feature that looks at what has been recorded over the previous recording period. From April to September inclusive, the reports will be monthly then the reports will  be every 3 months through autumn and winter.  My moth trap is homemade (albeit not by me!) and contains egg boxes for moths to huddle into and a bright light to attract the moths.…

Close encounters of the fawn kind

An all-too-short but unforgettabubble moment in Dalby Forest   Wisps of mist, kissing the tree tops, had long since ceased to exist but dew, like diamonds intermittently catching the light, still drenched grass-blades and stubbornly clung onto cobwebs. I could smell the new day as the fresh forest air cooled through my nostrils and hit the back of my throat. Despite a weak sun, ringlet butterflies bounced between thistles, joining…

What’s in the Moth Box? July

Welcome to ‘What’s in the box?’, a regular feature that looks at what has been recorded over the previous month. My moth trap is homemade (albeit not by me!) and contains egg boxes for moths to huddle into and a bright light to attract the moths. I set it up as and when the weather permits and the usual plan is to position it in the garden at Bubble…

25th June – 15th July, 2017….in pictures

  An abundance of Butterflies, an uncommon moth, new signposts, baby birds and a sunbathing bunny are amongst this week’s highlights in Unforgettabubble. In fact, you may have noticed that there have been no ‘the week in pics’ posts lately (apologies) so this one covers the last three weeks. Here is 25th June – 15th July, 2017 in pictures.   It’s a glorious day for the Ryedale Book Festival’s visit to Scampston…

What’s in the Moth Box? June

Welcome to ‘What’s in the box?’, a regular feature that looks at what has been recorded over the previous month. My moth trap is homemade (albeit not by me!) and contains egg boxes for moths to huddle into and a bright light to attract the moths. I set it up as and when the weather permits and the usual plan is to position it in the garden at Bubble…

A Brush with Nature

The grainy old gate doesn’t swing but judders to a stand still at a grassy clump only just inside the meadow. I squeeze through the gap, catching skin on nettle. As the heat of the sting tingles in the back of my hand, I feel ankle coolness as dew soaks through sock tops. Shoving the gate shut, I see the first moth. A micro moth. Tiny, but complex in…

18th-24th June, 2017….in pictures

Swifts, orchids, a soldier sparrow and meadows are amongst this week’s highlights in Unforgettabubble. Here is the week 18th – 24th June 2017, in pictures.     As the temperatures head into the 30s, I spend much of my spare time in the garden trying to cool down. As a result, I see that the Swifts have finally moved back in after their winter trip away and are nesting in our…