Plant of the week: Forked Catchfly

For the third entry in our ‘Plant of the Week’ series we take a look at Forked Catchfly, a rare arable weed from Eastern Europe

A quick guide to black ladybirds

A short guide to some of the black ladybirds you could encounter while ladybird spotting across the UK

A ladybird extravaganza – local recording in July

With visits to some of my favourite haunts and lots to see elsewhere, July has been a great month for ladybird recording.

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.