Day Tripping: Bempton Cliffs

I’ve neglected the RSPB reserve at Bempton Cliffs on the Yorkshire east coast for far too long so remedied that with a quick visit the other day. I’d seen on various social media groups that Short-eared Owls were showing well at the moment so I decided that they would be my target bird that day. Looking for Puffins Puffins & Pathway Birds So, what did I see? The Puffins,…

Day Tripping: Vulture Culture in Spain

There’s lots to see and do in northern Spain but if you’re tight on time, have a day to spare and want to see a truly amazing wildlife sight then here’s a day trip to Santa Cilia to whet your appetite. A hillside in the Sierra de Guara, Santa Cilia, focus of our day trip Where and what? Just short of 100 miles from the airport at Zaragoza and situated…

It’s all mud & butterflies

  My foot felt wet, very wet. I looked down. My welly had squelched deep into the mud. It had squelched so deep that the muddy, icy cold water was dripping over the top of the boot and was now dribbling down inside it. I looked around. I wasn’t the only one. I could hear the sound of general chit chat mingled with squelches and the occasional ‘oof’ and…

Discover Your Neighbours

Siskin at the feeder Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to travel far and wide to see interesting birds. What we have here, in Britain, is just as exotic. I’ll give you an example. Here’s one of Britain’s most common birds… …with a black Zorro-esq eye mask, black chin, white cheeks and bright blue bonnet, blue wings fold across a greeny yellow back to form a cloak…

Day tripping: Wharram Quarry

Last year, Yorkshire Coast Nature in collaboration with The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust ran a ‘Botany Day’ at Wharram Quarry for £45. Accompanying like-minded people and an actual botanist appealed to me so I paid my dues and gave it a try…. I’d been to Wharram Percy, the medieval village, before but had no idea about a quarry. I looked it up on The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust web site then,…

Vandalism at Bubble HQ

One of my favourite accessories at the Bubble HQ bird feeding station is the fat ball torch. On a 5ft wooden pole the metal ‘torch’ holds up to four fat balls, five at a push. It’s cheap but well made and has served me well. The birds love it and it draws in quite a crowd of them. A few months ago, I came out to feed the birds…

Whistlestop Tour: five great wildlife experiences in Dalby Forest

You may have visited Dalby Forest to use the fantastic picnic areas, cycle the mountain bike trails, swing through the trees at Go Ape or watch your children run riot in the play areas. The forest is becoming more and more popular and, at times, can be extremely busy. The beauty of visiting Dalby Forest is that you can easily escape the crowds if you know where to go.…