A guided tour of the patch

Nature is often better when shared with others and this week, it was great to welcome several local naturalists to the patch.

Plant of the week: Lobed Maidenhair Spleenwort

Our next ‘Plant of the Week’ is the rare Lobed Maidenhair Spleenwort, an elusive subspecies of the familiar Asplenium trichomanes.

A new iRecord group for wildlife recording in Newcastle

I’ve created a new group activity for naturalists and local people passionate about recording wildlife in Newcastle It is no secret that I am a big fan of biological recording, and perhaps an even bigger fan of the wildlife of my home city. Newcastle is home to a fantastic diversity of wildlife, and thanks toContinue reading “A new iRecord group for wildlife recording in Newcastle”

A festival of ferns at Hareshaw Linn

An account of a fantastic day spent exploring fern identification at the glorious Hareshaw Linn.

Recent sightings from Silverlink

With summer in full swing, there has been lots to enjoy on the local patch including a fantastic array of plants and insects.

Plant of the Week: Lindisfarne Helleborine

Entry numer #1 in our new Plant of the Week series It is not every day you encounter an endemic species, nevermind one found exclusively at a single site. That said, that’s exactly what happened this week. To celebrate a fantastic trip to Lindisfarne, the first plant in our new Plant of the Week seriesContinue reading “Plant of the Week: Lindisfarne Helleborine”

Orchids and other wildlife on Lindisfarne

An account of a fabulous day spent exploring the orchids and other wildlife of Lindisfarne – the jewel in the crown of wild Northumberland.

Industrial orchids in Newcastle

A quick account of a fruitful few days spend admiring orchids in Newcastle, featuring Bee Orchids, helleborines and more!

Rearing ladybird larvae – an experiment

To help identify a few of the tricker species out there, recently, I’ve been experimenting by rearing ladybird larvae at home.

Brownfield wildlife at North Shields

Not only are brownfield sites phenomenal for wildlife but offer a rare look at what would happen if nature was permitted to reclaim larger tracts of our towns and cities.

Urban Botany on the Ouseburn

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of leading my first guided walk for Wild Intrigue, a fantastic ecotourism enterprise seeking to bring people in the North East closer to nature.

Bee Orchids at B&Q

Bee Orchids (Ophrys apifera) are like hen’s teeth in the North East. Sure, they’re fairly reliable at a few more calcareous sites in the near area (Silverlink, in particular) but by large, pop up sporadically in odd places. In any given year, I tend to only encounter a few away from my usual haunts –Continue reading “Bee Orchids at B&Q”