Birding up north

Birding up north

Whilst on a recent family visit to the North, I ventured out for a day of birding. First port of call was Pennington Flash near Leigh. It boast to be ‘one of the premier bird watching sites in the North West’ so surely it had to be worth a visit. We called in at the […]

I suppose its in the name!

I suppose its in the name!

Over the last few days it seems like whichever piece of water I look at there has been a Common Darter (Sympetrum striatum) showing. I have seen them at various stages of maturity, showing a varied array of colours, from the vibrant red of the mature male, through to the yellow/gold of the immature male […]

Common darters and Emeralds a plenty

Common darters and Emeralds a plenty

After the excitement of the Hawker migration and still asking myself lots of questions that I don’t know the answers to, I wondered if the day before was going to be it for the dragonflies on our lunchtime strolls. The Migrant Hawkers seemed to have moved on with only few that were still buzzing around […]

Migrant Hawkers take to the air. But why?

Migrant Hawkers take to the air. But why?

Whilst sitting in the office it became very noticeable that there were many Dragonflies around Halesworth. I saw several fly past the office window and then one very kindly perched on the light outside our office enabling me to get some pictures. I then went off on our daily lunchtime walk to Millennium green. We […]

Millennium Green: Slow start but comes up trumps

Millennium Green: Slow start but comes up trumps

Early on in the year I said to myself I would endeavour to take a walk in my lunch hour and ensure that I didn’t sit at my desk every lunchtime. Near to the office in Halesworth is an area called Millennium Green and this was the obvious place to head out to. I was […]

Norfolk Dragon invades Suffolk

Norfolk Dragon invades Suffolk

Millennium Green came up trumps again today. Whilst on our almost daily walk, Scott Guiver (creator and writer of the blog 27butterflies) and I came across the wonderful Norfolk Hawkers patrolling the reeds. These have got to have been the most aggressive dragonflies I have noticed the behaviour of so far. I noted that at […]

Dragons and Damsels

Dragons and Damsels

Today the sun was shinning and I only had a couple of hours spare, so I decided to have a stroll around my local patch. Its been a warm day in the twenties, with little or no wind and very little cloud cover. For me this meant one thing, Dragonflies and Damselflies. These have become […]

Barcelona

Barcelona

I’m lucky enough to work in the world of conservation and in this role I get to meet some pretty inspiring people. On 5 June I was asked to visit one of the charities project partners Accionatura who are based in Barcelona. They wanted to discuss many things and one of those was an interesting […]

Birthday Surprise

4 June and it’s absolutely pouring it down with rain. I was determined not to waste the day. Armed with Ginger beer, cake and a map, along with all usual optical equipment I decided to try somewhere new and headed for Thompson Common and Lake. I had heard it was good for Odonata and wanted […]

As seen on TV

As seen on TV

Through work I have had the opportunity to meet some interesting people and also visit some interesting places. Well this continued on June 3 2014 when we were invited to visit the set of Springwatch at Minsmere and then be in the audience of  Unsprung. We were asked to bring along any drawings that we […]