Sunday, 12 March 2017

Purple Mountain Flower

12th March 2017
              We've just arrived home from our yearly visit to pen-y-ghent to find the Purple Mountain Saxifrage. Some clumps were opening but the full show will probably be around 10 days time. The weather was blustery with low cloud but not cold 8c. The saxifrage grows down to sea level in Northern Greenland and up to 10,000ft in the Alps and Rockies, it really is a true arctic alpine flower. 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Surprise Day Out

12th February 2017
                  Natural Surroundings...Wildlife-Friendly Gardens and Grounds, Cafe-Shop and Plant Sales. Natural Surroundings is just inland from Blakeney and Cley-Next-The-Sea in North Norfolk it is owned and managed by Anne and Simon Harrop either Anne and Simon are usually on site and are happy to offer help and advice.
       Anybody on holiday in the area should pay it a visit, you won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017


30th January 2017
                         The RIBBLE RIVERS TRUST spring conference was held on the 26th & 27th of March 2015 but it's taken me so long to complete the film because I couldn't film any salmon spawning until this Nov 2017.
      This is a short film showing just some of the many events that I've recorded over the last 5 years making the URBAN RIVERS ENHANCEMENT SCHEME in our local rivers such a success story.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

A Great Achievement

24th December 2016
                                  A Very Happy Christmas to everybody. I have posted very little this year but I would like to share with you a short video that I've just finished editing. The footage was sent to Peter Chippendale over the internet from Switzerland by Walter Rossini a mountain guide who Peter hired and trained with in late August this year. Peter was successful and has fulfilled his dream of climbing the Matterhorn.
                  From the 3 hours of video that Walter filmed on a GoPro Helmet Camera located on both his helmet and ice axe ( he's to be congratulated on his coverage) I've tried to make this short video of the story leading up to this achievement spoken by Peter in his own words .
        This short film will be viewed on Christmas Day by Peter's Family.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

On my local patch

23rd June 2016
          Just had a short walk this afternoon around my local patch  and found these two beautiful orchids .people were hurrying by without so much of a glance.

Southern Marsh Orchid .....our area is about its northern limit.

Monday, 20 June 2016

A haven for the insects

20th June 2016

I haven't posted much lately but at this time of year my modest back garden reaches its peak. The profusion of wild and garden flowers paints a random tapestry that is not easy to create and look natural.
       Every year about 100 wild orchids which have naturalised in the garden start to flower at this time of the year and I've noticed that there are more Marsh Orchids or Hybrids. I think they are the result of cross pollinating with the more Common Spotted Orchids I can tell them apart because of their more vigorous growth and size.

        A tapestry of wild and garden flowers which attracted the bees

 A more vigorous orchid with the same colouring as the Common Spotted Orchid but the flower lips resemble a Marsh Orchid
    What's unusual about this orchid, its tuber is constantly under the surface of the pond.

               Four more Marsh Orchids that have appeared this year.

                                      A large vigorous Hybrid

              This Hybrid is growing happily in the stone alpine trough

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Outside my Window

14th May 2016
                       As a lover of the great outdoors and a passion for all the wonderful diversity of nature I came up with the idea of recording on video a year in my modest back garden as it transforms through the seasons. Very little was planned and I could only record the events of 2015 which was a little disappointing compared with the comings and goings of animals and birds in previous years. The sequences were shot between holidays in our motorhome so there are gaps in in the natural progression through the seasons, but never the less it was a relatively easy video to make because all the sequences took place literally "outside my window".