True Wild daffodils are only now found in a restricted number of woods, mainly in the west of the country. It is an indicator of ancient woodland and grassland, often found growing with plants such as Dog’s mercury, wood anemone, Primrose, Cowslip, Lesser celandine, Ivy, and violets. Continue reading →
Last Sunday (27 September) I led a guided walk around Hillhouse Wood, West Bergholt, to show people the berries, nuts and fruit that are in our local hedgerows and woods – and convey the stories they have to tell. It shows that some good, at least, has come out of the development of the Naturetale app, because without this I wouldn’t know any of this stuff!
We were blessed with benign weather conditions, which doubtless was partly responsible for a turnout of over twenty people. Continue reading →
Over the last couple of years I’ve been leading a walk around our local wood to show people the various fruits that our plants, shrubs and trees produce. Coupled with participation in the now defunct BTO Winter Thrushes survey, this has brought home to me how this ‘harvest’ can vary from year to year.
We all associate the various thrushes (Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush Fieldfare and Redwing) with eating berries. But are these the only ones? A few years ago Barbara and David Snow undertook some detailed fieldwork in the Oxfordshire area to find out. Continue reading →
In the odd moment I get when not counting the vast profits we’re making from the Naturetale app, or planning where to buy the next of my country retreats, I volunteer for the Friends of Hillhouse Wood. On the basis that everyone else ‘took a step back’, I have found myself leading wildlife walks around the wood. Last Saturday I led a new one for us. Continue reading →
One of the greatest ‘eye-openers’ I’ve had through developing the Naturetale app is to appreciate how far more central, and important, to most peoples’ lives flowers used to be than they are now. Flowers were not just pretty decorations, to provide some beauty and relaxation. Through food, medicine and (what we now consider to be superstitious) beliefs flowers played an integral role in living and surviving. Continue reading →