BUGS, CONSERVATION, FLORA, GRASSLAND, WILDLIFE

An orchid that looks like a bee!

The Bee Orchid's awesome mimicry has evolved through natural selection. Flowers which looked more like a bee, would have been pollinated more often. These plants therefore produced more seeds and so passed on their 'bee-like' genes to each successive generation!

FLORA, FORAGING, GRASSLAND, WILDLIFE, WOODLAND

Finding elderflowers and making cordial!

Who doesn't love the sweet refreshing taste of elderflower? Even better as an addition to glass of prosecco! Now it can be quite pricey to buy, but come June our  hedgerows are brimming with these flowers, and it could not be easier to make. So heres my quick 60 second Tree to Cordial guide!

CONSERVATION, GRASSLAND, WILDLIFE, WOODLAND

Stoat or Weasel?

Mustelids are a group of carnivorous mammals, characterised by their long slender bodies, which enable them to hunt in the smallest of burrows! The UK in home to seven different mustelids including Badgers, Otters, Mink, Pine Martens, Polecats, and the smallest two; Stoats and Weasels...

CONSERVATION, COWS, FLORA, GRASSLAND, WILDLIFE

New calves and grassland conservation!

The spring brings new life, in all it's wonderful forms, and that includes our herd of Hereford cattle at Durlston Country Park! Herefords are an amazing friendly and docile breed of cattle, making them the perfect choice for a busy country park. But why are they needed in the first place?

BIRDING, CONSERVATION, GRASSLAND, HEATHLAND, WILDLIFE

Save our Skylarks!

A skylark is one of those birds that you're far more likely to hear before you see! This is not for their small size, or tendency to hide themselves amongst long grass, but instead for their beautiful song. On bright, sunny days from the early spring, these modest birds will fill the warm air with their continuous chorus, right through to the end of summer. This has made them one of the most quintessential sounds of the British countryside. Unfortunately skylark populations have been on the decline...

GRASSLAND, HEATHLAND, WILDLIFE, WOODLAND

Arne’s best kept secret – the majestic White Hart!

Arne is a nature reserve on the edge of Poole harbour in Dorset, which boasts a biodiverse mix of heath, mudflats and ancient oak woodland. This makes it a fantastic location for exploring, spotting wildlife and whiling away the time; and if you’re lucky enough, you may just stumble upon a creature of legend...

BIRDING, CONSERVATION, GRASSLAND, WILDLIFE, WOODLAND

The menacing laugh of a Green Woodpecker!

Woodpeckers are fascinating birds, well renowned for their tree drilling capabilities, but the Green Woodpecker is a bit of an oddball here in the UK. More often spotted on the ground or swooping low across open grassland, I managed to film one on a tree at Durlston Country Park in Dorset...

CONSERVATION, GRASSLAND, REPTILES, WILDLIFE

The UK’s only VENOMOUS snake!

Adder's have a bit of a dangerous reputation, but are they really out to kill us? Of course not, but they do take one of the top spots for deadliest animals in the UK. Unfortunately seeing one is a rare opportunity, as they're such shy creatures, but luckily I know the perfect spot to find them. Check out the video below to learn more...

FLORA, FORAGING, GRASSLAND, WOODLAND

My rough guide to making sloe gin!

In autumn hedgerows are rife with fruit, and the abundance of sloe berries from the common Blackthorn tree provides easy pickings for foraging. However if you've ever tried eating one, you'll be all too familiar with the bitter dry taste left behind in your mouth, and so you might wonder how they can be of use...