Nature

Marmot

Marmots

I have been lucky enough to see Marmots in both the Alps and the Rocky Mountains. They are truly a cheeky, clever and fascinating creature to watch. Did you know that marmots are a type of squirrel? Well they are! This lovely looking animal is a ground squirrel, and is actually the heaviest member of …

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National Insect Week

This week, 22nd – 28th June, is National Insect Week. This biennial event, organised by the Royal Entomology Society, encourages us to realise and understand the importance of these small creatures. During the alternate year, the Royal Entomology society put on an Insect Festival – so look out for that in 2021. There are over …

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Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Looking for something fun to do outside with your children, friends or even just to motivate yourself? Well look no further than a scavenger hunt. There are plenty out there if you look on the internet; however, I recently did one by iPhotography. Not only does it combine the fun of searching and looking for …

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King Alfreds Cakes

What are King Alfred’s cakes, cramp balls & coal fungus?

King Alfred’s cakes (Daldinia concentrica), also known as cramp balls and coal fungus, are a type of inedible fungus. They are most commonly found in broadleaf woodlands. You will see them growing in groups, on dead or dying trees, most often, but not confined to, fallen Ash and Beech branches. King Alfred’s cakes are quite …

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All in a spin

Helicopters, Whirlybirds – What am I talking about? You might have been hoping I meant proper helicopters? Instead, I mean the beautiful winged fruit (yes, they are not a seed!) of Field Maple, Ash, Sycamore and Norway Maple. These are the four species of tree that have these in the UK. The botanical name for …

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