Saturday, 8 July 2017

For How Long ?

Sat. 8th July 2017
                         The precious stretch of old pasture in the fields adjacent to our house is earmarked for building in the next few years so it looks as though the tapestry of orchids and wild flowers that the locals have loved so much will be gone for ever.
                    When the time arrives there will be a public consultation as to what can be done to protect these beautiful orchids which are multiplying each year. The demand for new houses puts this land under a lot of pressure even though it's Green Belt.
              A mixture of Common Spotted And Southern Marsh orchids

                            A variant of the Common Spotted Orchid

                                           Southern Marsh Orchid

                          Soon this lovely area may be lost for ever


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

TO MOW OR NOT TO MOW... that is the question

 Wed.5th July 2017
            I've just had a look round our local industrial estate this afternoon and there are extreme contrasts in the appearance of some of the local industrial units witch are surrounded by grassy areas. The grass that has been mowed looks tidy, neat almost a sterile desert but it does give a good impression  about the tidiness of the company to which it belongs.
whilst other companies the grassy ares have been left to grow and are full of Wild Flowers at least four species of Orchids, many Bees, Insects and quite a few Butterflies.
       I know that appearances and first impressions count but are the companies doing enough to support and preserve our flora  and wildlife on all the industrial estates the seem to be springing up all over our countryside?

                                     Mown within an inch of its life

 Left uncut, masses of Common Spotted Orchids amongst other wild flowers

               The first time in our area that I've seen Pyramidal Orchids

                                    A Bee Orchid well past its best

                         Common Spotted Orchid ( white form)

                               My preference...grass left uncut

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.