Natural History

Buds, birds, bugs and beasts.

Listen out for the first cuckoo –



This is the cuckoo flower, also known as ladies smock, which was photographed at the edge of one of the ponds on 12th May. It is said to be called cuckoo flower because it comes out when the first cuckoos can be heard, not such a common sound these days.






Terrapin takes to life in the Quaggy


I found this terrapin in the Quaggy in April 2017. It seemed healthy and happy so I left it there but later learnt that they have a reputation for eating all small native wildlife. The terrapin was found again the following week and rehoused through an animal rescue centre.