2018 Year of Wildlife Wonder – Enjoy my daily photo diary of Wildlife Wonder activities through the year. Photos taken on SLR, compact cameras or phone.
31st October – Happy Hallowleaf
30th October – Litter
29th October – Leaf art with my daughter – just part of the final image!
28th October – Dipper delights
27th October – Kiss from an Old Man’s Beard
26th October – Seasons of the Tree Part 8
25th October – Red, green & amber
24th October – With families at Slimbridge, probably my last dragon of the year
23rd October – Sunset
22nd October – In the woods with young photographers
21st October – Hip Vortex
20th October – Culmination of the two-year Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust wildlife film & photography academy I’ve been working on with the local community & schools
19th October – Colour or monochrome? Tufted ducks at Walthamstow Wetlands
18th October Seasonal decorations or the deer rut
17th October – Discovered hornets on school wildlife wonder nature walk.
16th October – Exploring city wildlife with students – exhibition by Arkive, Peregrine photo by Luke Massey
15th October – Camo Frog
14th October – More than a splash of colour
13th October – Maybe the last lizard I’ll see this year at WWT London
12th October – Dogwood
11th October Walthamstow Wetlands
10th October Stunning coral fungi discovered by children in their school grounds
9th October – Exploring contrast with students
8th October – Wasp nest discovery
7th October – Happy to discover the hedgehog in my garden.
6th October – Outrageous spindle
5th October – Exploring with the wonderful children at Alexandra School in London
4th October – At the gorgeous Walthamstow Wetlands with Nikon Owners group
3rd October – Wildlife photography with students in Bristol
2nd October Fab youth club photography session with teenagers from Youth Moves
1st October – Preview of the World Biggest Tiger Exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall – Ballerina Maria Sascha Khan enjoying my photography
30th September – Reflections of Cheltenham
29th September – Bed-Room With A View
28th September – Sunset from the hides at The London Wetland Centre
27th September – With Yr9 Art students at Slimbridge
26th September – In school today a girl asked me ‘What’s an acorn’
25th September – Wild margins of Bristol. Photo by Yr12 students
24th September – Dew touched webs
23rd September – Haw berries
22nd September – An incredible day on the Peoples Walk For Wildlife
21st September – Young lizard dropping in to the WWT London
20th September – Sea of beech, the strand line
19th September – Climbing colour
18th September – Wonderful observation by Home-Ed families at WWT Slimbridge
17th September – Toad Monday
16th September – Surprise discovery, maybe one of the hedgehog we rescued from the snow
15th September – Leaf literature
14th September – Off to give a talk about doorstep nature
13th September – Seasons of the tree Part 7
12th September – The Fall has begun
11th September – With 6th form students
10th September – Preparing for a year of WildlifeWonder with this school
9th September Dock Hopper!
8th September – Blackberry bounty
7th September – Butterflygate at Slimbridge
6th September – Red Admiral
5th September – September surprise!
4th September – Sad to discover this river litter
3rd September – Dipper domain
2nd September – Support act at music festival
1st September – September sunshine
31st August – Small copper on verbena
30th August – Second flush of marsh marigold flowers now the pond levels have risen
29th August – August or autumn?
28th August – Fresh signs of water vole activity
27th August- Night Flora
26th August – Herbs & flowers of Basingstoke
25th August – Red Admiral on garden ivy
24th August – Planing exciting & unique schools project with Bristol Museum
23rd August – Under stone discovery
22nd August – Wonderful observation by girl on todays Young Person’s photography course at BBOWT Nature Discovery Centre
21st August – enjoying my birthday blues!
20th August – Severn view!
19th August – Wasps enjoying the last of our apples
18th August – a big snail and the largest slug I’ve ever seen!
17th August So much creativity and diversity on todays family nature photography session at Slimbridge.
16th August – Discovering red-eyed damselflies with families at Greenwich Ecology Park
15th August – Dragonfly photography course at Fern Animal Sanctuary, Somerset
14th August – Summer school with young entomologists at Oxford University Natural History Museum
13th August – Evening tree textures
12th August – Autumn col0urs!!
11th August – Urban nature photography safaris at Chingfest in London
10th August – Inspiring afternoon judging Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Competition
9th August – Pastel skies
8th August – Parent & child nature photography at Slimbridge
7th August – Early elderberries
6th August- Comma of the bird feeder
5th August – Rescued spider!!
4th August – Seasons of the tree Part 6
3rd August – Misty St Davids
2nd August – Magpie moth
1st August – Limpet Smile
31st July – Beach lines
30th July – From St Nons
29th July St Nons Chapel
28th July – Daily plastic & litter collection on the beach!
27th July – St David’s Head
26th July – Butterflies puddling at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Greystones Reserve
25th July Wild funwith families at the Greenwich Ecology Park in London – A wasp spider!
24th July Found this dead beetle – then almost ate it! (confused it for a dropped raisin)
23rd July – Train journey home after long hot day in London
22nd July – Starling party
21st July – With photography group at BBOWT Nature Discovery Centre
20th July – Two juvenile peregrines at Walthamstow Wetlands
19th July Outside my Edge WI talk
17th July – Marbled White butterfly – photo by pupil at St Whites Primary School
16th July – Rowan berries – early?
15th July – Burnet moths on scabious
14th July – Reed bunting (female)
13th July – After the rains come snails
12th July – Micro moth on ragwort
11th July Tiger Moth discovered by school children
10th July – Wildlife wonder with London school children Day1
9th July At Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Lower Moor Farm
8th July Skimmer
7th July – Nibley Sunset
6th July – Photography training with teachers at the Cabot Learning Federation Summer Conference
5th July – Celebrating the opening of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Greystones Reserve with Ellie Harrison and local school children
4th July – Teasel flower
3rd July Moth in the kitchen
2nd July – School grounds wildlife wonder with pupils Sandford Primary
1st July – Wildlife window
30th June – Garden Tortoiseshell
29th June – Broad-Bodied Chaser
28th June – Scorching skipper
27th June – Talking Wildlife Wonder with teachers at Primary Science Conference
26th June – Garden newt
25th June – Immersed in photography with animal care students at Filton College
24th June – Small Tortoiseshell
23rd June – Mid-summer sunset
22nd June – Pineapple Weed
21st June – Swift Solstice
20th June – Lesser Stag Beetle on my doorstep
19th June – Evening up poppies
18th June – Little known lifecycle of a ladybird (pupae & larva)
17th June – Pond life
16th June – London lizard at the Wetland Centre
15th June – Wonderful moment watching family of newly fledged gold crests – but probably the worst photo!
14th June – A poignant end to my photography session with Bristol Nature Network #Swift
13th June – A family of newly fledged long tailed tits.
12th June – About to talk “wild About Us to Eastwood Gardeners Club.
11th June – How nature makes us feel – words by children at Wansdyke Primary School
10th June – All smiles in the woods
9th June – Masses of moths attracted to this valerian
8th June – Wild colour
7th June – On safari with the local Historical Society, a water vole appears !
6th June – Wildlife Wonder with Thrupp school – much patience needed by children to capture a photo of this common blue butterfly
5th June – Wildlife Wonder with school children in thew Forest of Dean, they discovered these Burnet moth cocoons
4th June – Plenty of ladybird action today!
3rd June – A trout’s view of a mayfly
2nd June – Among the flowers
1st June – At BBOWT Nature Discovery Centre with young photographers (age 9 – 14). Cuckoos calling, cardinals climbing and a Canada creche!
31st May – So many dragonfly exuviae spotted at BBOWT Sutton Courtenay by families on todays nature photography session
30th May – Exploring with the Get Grubby Gang in Gloucestershire, the children discovered the biggest leech (15 cm long!!)
29th May – Seasons of the tree – Part 5
28th May – Garden bee haven
27th May – London Park-life
26th May – Burnished Brass moth at BBOWT Nature Discovery Centre
25th May – After the rain
24th May – Feeding mayflies
23rd May – Working scientifically with teachers – we discovered dragonfly exuviae (skin shed by larvae after they emerge from the pond)
22nd May – Discovered Marsh Marigold in school pond during Wildlife Wonder day
21st May – Swathes of yellow
2oth May – Yellow flags at dusk
19th May – Wildflower meadows the London Wetland Centre
18th May – Pond living
17th May – Gosling among the daisies at Walthamstow Wetlands
16th May – School Pond
15th May – Working Scientifically
14th May – Love Hawthorn Light
13th May – Pond skaters
12th May – Buttercups
11th May – Safest of nesting places !
10th May – Return of the terns. At Walthamstow Wetlands
9th May – Seasons of the tree. Part 4
8th May – Slowworm creates great excitement on todays school Wildlife Wonder day
7th May – Love frogs
6th May – Wow what a day – first damselfly of the year in garden pond (photo by my daughter) and FIRST SWIFTS!
5th May – Nesting cranes at Slimbridge
4th May – School ground architecture
3rd May – In the heart of the city, a beautiful wild school oasis
2nd May – Spring blues
1st May – Dizzy with dandelions
30th April – Nature’s playground. Fantastic day with students The Met Academy in Bristol
29th April – Another (and different) water vole
28th April – Happy moments watching this water vole
27th April – Rain dampened red campion
26th April – Distant views of mating buzzards
25th April – Seconds after a water vole poked its head out!
24th April – Never forget to smile, beautiful observation by children at the Wrexham School
23rd April – Wildflower Wonder with pupils at Howe Dell Primary School.
22nd April – Return of the hedgehogs!
21st April – Seasons of the tree Part 3
20th April – Photography course at the London Wetland Centre
19th April – Mating Bee Flys
18th April – Creating a school playground wildflower meadow with pupils
17th April – Earliest beech leaves in Bath school grounds
16th April – The first orange-tip butterfly of the year.
15th April – Moth
14th April – Even more fresh water vole droppings!
13th April – Dog violets
12th April – Snakeshead fritillaries at the wonderful Greenwich Peninsular Ecology Park in London
11th April – Spirals of Wonder
10th April – Wonderful moments on today’s inspiring family photography course at WWT Slimbridge
9th April – Goat Willow
8th April – Grape Hyacinth
7th April – Relief. Can’t express how excited I was to discover the fresh water vole latrine on my local patch.
6th April – No luck looking for water voles, but found two crayfish – an alive one in the water and this tiny dead one
5th April – Butterfly Time (left – small tortoiseshell, right – comma)
4th April – Exciting new signs of water vole activity
3rd April – Stars of wonder. First house martin and chiffchaff in song at Nind
2nd April – Easter sunshine
1st April – Easter Drops
31st March – Alder catkins (male) and last years seeds. Female catkins behind
30th March – Seasons of the Tree – Part 2
29th March – Underwater wonder
28th March – Its toad spawning time! You can see the string of spawn in the bottom left.
27th March – Marsh marigold in flower along the river
26th March -A fabulous afternoon with teachers on my Wildlife Wonder photography training session at Green Light.
25th March – First Brimstone butterfly
24th March – Hellebores !
23rd March – Female Blackcap
22nd March – Wall colour
21st March – One school pond, 120 children and more frogs than we could count. A fantastic wildlife wonder day with Oxfordshire school. Photo by Yr4 children
20th March – Waiting for the water voles
19th March – Roadside sculpture
18th March – Return to winter robin
17th March – Winter Strikes Back
16th March – Fighting egrets at WWT London
15th March – Roe deer buck growing antlers
14th March – Frogspawn tree
13th March – Little Owl Sunshine
12th March – Season of the Tree – Part 1
11th March – Hedgerow Spectacle
10th March – First bumblebee at Walthamstow Wetlands
9th March – Its Hawthorn time. First leaves appearing
8th March – A morning encountering exciting recent arrivals on my local patch; otter spraint and little egret
7th March – A golden spring morning, grey wagtails pairing, bees on churchyard celandine and my first butterfly of the year
6th March – Snow not fully melted, yet frogs already spawning in school pond.
5th March – Announcing the arrival spring?
4th March – After the snow an ice bath!
3rd March – Iced Teasel
2nd March – Drifting snow
1st March – First fieldfare in the garden – feeding on winter stored apples
28th February – Redpoll along the river roots
27th February – City Gull
26th February – Waiting for owls
25th February – Calm before the storm
24th February – Frog Face
23rd February- Weed Dance
22nd February – Glorious goldcest at Walthamstow Wetlands
21st February – Dipper perching on river flotsam
20th February – Frog time (first frogspawn in local ponds)
19th February – Absent all day, the sun and starlings made a dramatic evening appearance
18th February – First bee
17th February – Laden with lichen
16th February – Roost in motion (starlings)
15th February – Little Owl Wonder
14th February – Wild inspired young photographers photographing water rail at WWT Slimbridge
13th February – Close encounters of the blackbird kind
12th February – Cool Rising!
11th February – Swathes of celandines
10th February – Rain and water everywhere! BBOWT Nature Discovery Centre
9th February – First blackthorn blossom at WWT London
8th February – Water Rail at Slimbridge
7th February – Dipper feeding in mill stream
6th February – Winter owl, just a dusting of snow.
5th February – Just one little owl today
4th February – Excited to see my local little owl pair have returned from their Christmas break
3rd February – Hellebore Hues at Slimbridge
2nd February – An epic murmuration.
1st February – Dipper pair are active at their traditional nest site.
31st January – Delightful dipper
30th January – Preening Dipper
29th January – Dipper Debris
28th January – Big Garden Birdwatch
27th January – Winter Wonderland
26th January – Dipper delight on my local patch
25th January – Creating two wildflower meadows with Bristol school children
24th January – Crocus emerging from its autumnal cloak
23rd January – Drops of snow in Bristol
22nd January – Winter gold
21st January – Winter colours
20th January – A rain inspired day with photography group
19th January – Starling watchers
18th January – Single starling
17th January – Fly enjoying today’s winter sunshine and aconites
16th January – First Snowdrops (Bristol)
15th January – Goldfinch on feeder
14th January – First crocus
13th January – Local patch little egret
12th January – A million strong – just a small part of tonight’s starling murmuration
11th January – Nightlife in Central London
10th January – Wonder below, winter underwater
9th January – Garden goldfinch – feeding on dead heads of verbena
8th January – First celandine flowers open on the riverbank
7th January – Cat-Ice or Bird-Ice
6th January – Female blackcap (she has a brown cap)
5th January – Juggling King (Fishing at Walthamstow Wetlands)
4th January – Starling Wonder (Half a million birds)
3rd January – Raven school (on the tower of Bristol Grammar School)
2nd January – Candlesnuff fungus
1st January – Moonlit Murmuration