February Highlight : Starling Murmurations

February Highlight : Starling Murmurations

When to See a Starling Murmurations During the winter months, from October to March, starlings from Scandinavia fly south to overwinter in the relatively warmer climate of Britain. These overwintering birds dramatically swell our native flocks creating the perfect...

Wildlife & Nature to See in February : Crocus

Wildlife & Nature to See in February : Crocus

Wildlife to See in February : Crocus This month I have been lucky enough to speak to several experts about one of Britain’s earliest spring flowers, the crocus. Despite being part of the backdrop for spring woodlands, none of the crocus species in the UK are actually...

Wildlife & Nature to See in February : Swans

Wildlife & Nature to See in February : Swans

Wildlife to See in February : Swans To most people in Britain, the mute swan (Cygnus olor) is the first species to spring to mind. This is our native, year-round inhabitant, with its distinctive black-knobbed orange bill (and occasionally grumpy attitude!) The mute...

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Non-chocolatey Easter Gift Ideas

Non-chocolatey Easter Gift Ideas

This is my top selection of gifts for kids to help encourage them to get outside, take an interest in nature and keep them occupied for more than two minutes.

Photograph Brown Hares

Photograph Brown Hares

The Brown Hare – I’ve spent quite some considerable time watching and photographing these wonderful creatures…

Spring Fox Cubs

Spring Fox Cubs

Personally, no matter how many times I have caught a glimpse of a fox, I am always enthralled by their presence. Be it watching adult foxes in my garden or cubs…

Best Mid-Price Range Binoculars

Best Mid-Price Range Binoculars

If you are ready to move on from budget or pocket binoculars, or like me you have a small cheap pair that you can carry with you all the time but also like a nicer, more expensive pair for holidays and trips to nature reserves then you will probably be considering...

Best Budget Binoculars

Best Budget Binoculars

Why Budget Binoculars are a Must! Budget binoculars are a great purchase not only as a ‘starter’ pair for those new to wildlife watching but also as a general, always–have–them–on–you pair. Budget binoculars tend to be smaller and lighter than more expensive ones that...

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Photograph Brown Hares

Photograph Brown Hares

The Brown Hare – I’ve spent quite some considerable time watching and photographing these wonderful creatures…

Spring Fox Cubs

Spring Fox Cubs

Personally, no matter how many times I have caught a glimpse of a fox, I am always enthralled by their presence. Be it watching adult foxes in my garden or cubs…

Restoring the Caledonian Forest

Restoring the Caledonian Forest

It has been 20 years Since Trees For Life set about to realise the dream of restoring 600 sq miles of the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands.

Argaty Farm Red Kites

Argaty Farm Red Kites

Few birds rival the red kite for beauty and natural grace. Famed for its rusty-red forked tail, long elegant six foot wingspan and agile flight, the kite is wonderfully…

Great Vision of the Great Fen

Great Vision of the Great Fen

Beside the East Coast Main Line, between Huntingdon and Peterborough, lies an environmental project with tremendous restorative qualities and great vision.

Wildlife Gardening in August

Wildlife Gardening in August

Christmas Present Ideas for Wildlife Enthusiast – So what will Father Christmas be bring your friends this Xmas? I know what I want! Bees. I had a brief, and painful…

Wildlife Gardening in July

Wildlife Gardening in July

Spring begins to merge into Summer – As the freshness and lime green of the UK spring merges into July so the sound of wildlife changes. Here the dawn chorus is …

Wildlife Gardening in June

Wildlife Gardening in June

Orchids and Photovoltaic Systems – The cold winter and spring has indeed influenced the wildlife. Plants were still flowering later than I might have predicted for…

Wildlife Gardening in May

Wildlife Gardening in May

Wild Orchids – When the calendar shows ‘May’ wildlife enthusiasts think ‘orchids’. Certainly some will flower before this date but now is the main time to start searching.

Wildlife Gardening in April

Wildlife Gardening in April

Yucky UK Wildlife – The recent flash floods in northern Kenya, that have caused chaos in the Samburu National Park remind me of one of the possible positive …

Wildlife Gardening in March

Wildlife Gardening in March

The Importance of Wildlife Gardens – Wildlife in the UK must have been so different before human numbers started to build up in the Bronze Age.

Wildlife Gardening in February

Wildlife Gardening in February

An Insight into the less-fashionable plants – I’m as bad as the next person: I just do not see the less-fashionable plants. Be honest when was the last time you…

Wildlife Gardening in January

Wildlife Gardening in January

You know how it happens. Something, perhaps quite trite, just ‘gets to you’. It nags away at the very seat of one’s soul and whenever one’s guard drops…

Wildlife Gardening in December

Wildlife Gardening in December

Well another series of Autumn Watch has been and gone – and what a delight it has been yet again. We are so fortunate in that the BBC has such an effective …

Wildlife Gardening in October

Wildlife Gardening in October

Controlling the Growth of Grasses – Yellow rattle, Rhinanthus minor, is a meadow plant that everyone should know. Not that it is overly showy…

Wildlife Gardening in September

Wildlife Gardening in September

Life and Death in the Countryside. I’m sure you’ll all have similar stories to these but they reflect all our interest, and concern, in wildlife and green issues in general…

Wildlife Gardening in August

Wildlife Gardening in August

A flash of orangey-bronzy-brown was all that was needed to awake me from my quiet contemplation, and for my semi-comatose brain to register that high summer was indeed here.

Eco-Living – Green Kitchen

Eco-Living – Green Kitchen

The kitchen is at the heart of family life, where all the meals are prepared and where everyone gathers at the beginning and end of the day. This room is also where the majority of the household’s waste is created and a large amount…

Eco-Living – Eco Friendly Camping

Eco-Living – Eco Friendly Camping

Nearly 6% of Britons holidaying in the UK in 2005 stayed in a tent and 18% of families have been camping in the last three years according to a recent report. I love camping and have a few tips for having fun and reducing your carbon footprint.

Eco-Living – Organic Goodness

Eco-Living – Organic Goodness

At The Green Parent magazine we are working on our annual organic special edition of the magazine and with all the research we are doing in the office I wanted to share some of the key reasons why to choose organic for the benefit of your health…