Lark Springing

I felt swollen with joy, buoyed. My legs nagged sore from lack of use and breath wheezed and dragged on my lungs, but I’d stopped noticing, I was outside myself. I turned slowly on the spot, the scenery much the same as the last 100 yards, and the 200 before that, yet different every step. …

On your marks, get set… Bird Race!

Drawings by Shirley Frances (Facebook @Shirley's Studio Stuff) Despite my intentions to make 2019 a year devoted to the study of trees, the first few weeks of the year have been dominated by something far more flighty... birds. Although fascinated by all nature from the very beginning of my childhood, birds were my main interest …

A Nature ‘How To’: Feeding Garden Birds

How to: Feeding Garden Birds Do you feed the birds in your garden? In the UK, gardens cover a larger area than all the nature reserves put together, making our homes an invaluable resource for wildlife. Gardens are especially important as places of refuge during winter, particularly when food becomes increasingly hard to find in …

SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Autumn is ageing

6am. The morning has yet to break, the sky still darkened and unrevealing. A robin has just set up a brave solo from the half-leafed wayfarer tree beyond the bedroom window. Once daylight pulls apart the lingering night the morning will be chilly, and a damp film will cling to any exposed surface. By mid …

Summer Adventure – Wild Rose Country

Alberta, Canada Canada. It seemed a world away. Amp had been several times of course since his parents emigrated in 2008, but I hadn't travelled further than a school trip across the channel to France, in my entire 25years! Many people found this lack of tourism hard to comprehend, their holiday memories being filled with …

What ‘Organic’ means to me at the Cutty Garden Allotment

September 16th 2017  - Organic September Saturday At the Cutty Garden Allotment, we garden organically. By this, I don't mean we have certificates and paper work to label us, nor do we employ any secret magic under the full moon. Simply, when I took on the plot in February 2016, I made a promise to …