In 2010 the BBC published my photograph of the drift overhanging Wigley Cutting: Following the recent bad weather I have been back to see how it looks now. Here is the view from around the same spot this morning: Perhaps … Continue reading


Eastern Moors staff heard their first curlew for 2013 last week, but I only heard my first one while at Shillito Wood this morning and then there were several more near Swine Sty.  With snow forecast for the next 2 … Continue reading

Flights of Fancy

A lot of excitement and aerial activity at feeding time! 12 different species in an hour at Shillito Wood. Blue tit, great tit, coal tit, yellowhammer, reed bunting, blackbird, robin, nuthatch, siskin, chaffinch, goldfinch and dunnock. … Continue reading


I’m sure these birds are much tamer than they used to be The secret seems to be that if you go to Shillito Wood car park, you need to take some sunflower seeds with you! … Continue reading


Unlike my daughter, I love frogs!  The more the better for me.  That’s why last year I was really pleased to see the huge volumes of frogspawn in the Little Reservoir on the Bar Brook. By early May many of … Continue reading