Tag: Northumberland

  • An Encounter with Lady Clermont’s Spleenwort (Asplenium x clermontiae)

    A quick account of an overdue run-in with a Northumbrian speciality – Asplenium x clermontiae

  • Into the Hen Hole: Botany in the Cheviots

    A quick account of a fantastic botanical outing to the famed Hen Hole gorge, one of the Cheviot’s hidden gems.

  • A Winter Walk at Hareshaw Linn

    A short account of a frosty trip to Hareshaw Linn in Northumberland last weekend

  • Spring Botany at Allen Banks

    With my Natural History Society of Northumbria hat on, yesterday I had the pleasure of leading a small group of students from Newcastle University to one of my favourite local haunts: the glorious National Trust reserve at Allen Banks. The wooded areas here making for a superb location at which to enjoy a range of…

  • Recording North East nature in 2021 – ten highlights

    2021 has been a funny old year but despite the big c and the various restrictions it brought, it has also been a memorable one.

  • Bees, butterflies and botany at Lesbury

    Beginning a week of annual leave, a fortnight past, I hopped on the train keen to explore surrounds of Lesbury in North Northumberland. Arriving at Alnmouth station and taking the short walk North to where the circular walk begins beside the River Aln, a roadside field rife with Common Knapweed provided an interesting first port…

  • Botany on the coast: Alnmouth to Boulmer

    A few weeks past, a Saturday free of commitments provided a rare opportunity for a trip North. Opting for a walk on the Northumberland coast, on this occasion we headed for Alnmouth, intending to walk a few miles up the shoreline towards Boulmer, recording as we went. Arriving at Alnmouth train station, it was interesting…

  • Bees and botany at Newbiggin

    A short while ago, a sunny Saturday afternoon provided the perfect opportunity for a June venture to the Northumberland coast. Deciding against sites we visit frequently, it was decided that we would head to Newbiggin for a closer look at the plants and insects that abound along a stretch of coastline we seldom visit. Departing…

  • Exploring the North East’s solitary bees (part 1)

    The last few weeks have seen countless bee species emerging across the North East. The annual appearance of these colourful invertebrates providing the ideal opportunity to reacquaint myself with the common and abundant species found close to home but also, as restrictions ease, to set out in search of a few new and exciting species.…

  • Exploring the Fascinating Flora of Lindisfarne

    I have visited the Holy Island of Lindisfarne many times to admire the sites birdlife, chase rarities and even seek out insects, but never to appreciate its diverse and interesting flora. Lindisfarne is well known as an excellent site for those interested in botany, it’s unspoilt beaches, sprawling dune slacks, fields and expansive areas of…

  • Investigating the Prudhoe Spetchells

    For a ages, I have read the blogs of others who have visited the Prudhoe Spetchells yet, shamefully, have never visited myself. Until now.

  • Into the Wild Woods at Allen Banks

    Spurred on by the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, this weekend saw us venture inland to the wild reaches of Allen Banks