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NATURE'S NOTES

- monthly bulletins of seasonal interest 

- commissioned articles undertaken 

December 23, 2019

When we think of that group of birds we call waders, we generally picture elegant, well-proportioned birds with long-legs and long-bills probing the mud for food. But the family consists of a range in size from the graceful curlews and godwits down through medium sized...

December 1, 2019

Soon after day break, the first flights of Scandinavian migrants reach the east coast, within minutes the hungry travellers gorge the fruits of sea buckthorn, hawthorn, holly and rowen. Sadly, not all survive the long over-night journey from southern Norway and during...

September 13, 2019

The aurora season has started with some incredible displays of gorgeous lights, I know, I have just returned from Iceland where autumn arrives earlier than here in the UK. As the days are getting progressively shorter and the first chill descends the night-air; its tim...

July 17, 2019

Waders are a great favourite among birdwatchers. Everything about them is right: they often have beautiful plumages, well-proportioned birds giving them a sense of elegance: they have evocative, atmospheric calls, the epitome of wild places and they travel huge distanc...

June 16, 2019

Broadleaved woodland has been the dominant vegetation cover over much of the British Isles since the last great glaciers retreated 20,000 years ago. As the forest spread, so did many associated species of mammals, birds and insects. Of all the bird species that regular...

May 19, 2019

The male goldeneye adds a bright note to a winter’s day birdwatching along our coastal waters, lakes, reservoirs and rivers, with its radiant amber eye, iridescent green-black head and crisp black and white body, what a joy. The female having a chestnut brown head, gre...

March 15, 2019

Relentless persecution pushed the spectacular White-tailed Sea Eagle into extinction in Britain & Ireland by the early 1900s. Cumbria provided the last known breeding refuge on mainland England, although the small Scottish population held on until 1918, when the last b...

February 14, 2019

Many aspiring wildlife photographers, myself included, start life as ‘hunter’ photographers, the technique is simple, get the subject in the frame and shoot. Nothing too fancy, just get the shot. The shot may be technically well executed, but at the end of the day it’s...

December 31, 2018

Gosh, where have the past 12 months gone? It only seems like yesterday that we launched NatureFramed and now a year has passed-by. To all our subscribers, wherever you are, here's hoping 2019 proves healthy, rewarding and eventful. 

December 17, 2018

This Christmas some of you may have the good fortune, and delight, to sit down and enjoy salmon as part of your festive celebrations, but how many know of the salmon’s remarkable story? Herewith, some facts as a conversation starter around the dinning table.

Atlantic sa...

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