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...

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...

WILDLIFE, WOODLAND

Tracking mammals with a night camera!

In one of the small copses at the country park, there is a little wood-chip path which leads you through the tall trees. And every time I wonder along the trail, I notice theres seems to be a different section of the path that has been disturbed and dug out a little. So I decided to set up my new infrared night camera and investigate...

CONSERVATION, WILDLIFE, WOODLAND

Goldeneye – a lichen to look out for!

Lichens are fantastic organisms that can tell us a lot about the environment in which they are found - or even where they are not! The Goldeneye lichen hasn't been found in Britain for about a century. Over the last few years it has began to re-colonise here, having been found at various locations along the south coast. Why has it come back?

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...