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Dandelions

Golden season

01 June 2013 by Sheila Spence

We all hope for a ‘golden summer’ so here are some ‘golden’ wild foods to look out for at this time of year. Easily recognised, but usually passed by, are the golden flowers of Dandelion. The fresh young leaves can be used in salads and sandwiches, for making an herbal tonic or even fermented beer.

Grey heron

Waterway wildlife

01 June 2013 by Phil Pickin

Beyond much slower ‘traffic’ and a supply of water, the footpaths and embankments that line our canals and waterways provide green spaces – both for wildlife and walkers.

Nightjar

Summer birds

01 June 2013 by Paul Stancliffe

Some of Britain’s most iconic birds can be found during the summer months. Most arrive during the spring but are what we refer to in birding circles as summer visitors, birds like the Cuckoo, the Swallow and the Swift. However, it is not all about icons, the summer months are also the best time to see some of our most fascinating birds – birds like the Nightjar and the Woodcock.

Brian Jones

Summer stars - Draco

01 June 2013 by Brian Jones

Draco is a constellation which appeared in the star catalogues of astronomers over two thousand years ago. It depicts the dragon slain by Hercules during one of his twelve labours.

Paul Stancliffe

Birdwatching Spring 2013

03 March 2013 by Paul Stancliffe

Spring is always an exciting time to be out and about looking for birds – and one of the best ways to enjoy birdlife is to visit distinct habitats.

Wild garlic

Wild Food Spring 2013

03 March 2013 by Sheila Spence

As Spring approaches the first sign of the impending abundance wild food is often Wild Garlic. Lime flowers are usually found later in the Spring, and can be used in soothing herbal tisanes.

Phil Pickin

Signs of spring

03 March 2013 by Phil Pickin

For many people spring is a favorite time of year - new growth gives the countryside a fresh green hue and new life evident almost everywhere you look!

Brian Jones

Spring Stars

03 March 2013 by Brian Jones

Although not particularly bright, Polaris lies in an area of sky devoid of bright stars and therefore stands out quite well.

Sheila

Seashore foraging

12 December 2012 by Sheila Spence

If you are walking by the shore this winter look out for the small shellfish locally available; cockles, mussels , winkles and the lovely long razor clams can be enjoyed throughout the winter months; they all have an ‘r’ in them.

Phil Pickin

Winter tracks

12 December 2012 by Phil Pickin

Winter can sometimes be thought of as a quiet and uninteresting time of year when it comes to wildlife, but there is more out there than you might think – it’s just a matter of knowing what to look for.

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