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Don't forget you can see photographs of everything I talk about in the Gallery, and find out more information on specific birds and insects in the Fact File.

August 6, 2015

The numbers of butterflies in Highbury Park has drastically fallen since the meadow was cut early. The colder, wetter weather has not helped, either. But on the positive side, it is now being arranged for the cut to always take place later in the season, around the bac...

August 3, 2015

Probably my favourite part of Highbury Park at this time of year is Henbury Pond, though I’ll admit that my opinion changes from day to day. I love being hypnotised by the constant movement of damselflies that shimmer gently in the sunlight.

This year the only blue dams...

August 1, 2015


There was a sudden rustle beside me, then a flurry as a small bird exploded from its cover among the reeds by the side of the path on which I was walking. I froze, camera at the ready, and followed its trajectory onto a nearby tree.

Clearly it was a juvenile. That much...

July 30, 2015

I rounded the corner – and a gasp of horror escaped my lips. Having been away for a couple of days, I came back to Highbury Park keen to see what changes had been wrought. I love the way that nature is constantly on the move, never standing still. But this time I was b...

July 30, 2015

A Blue Tit drifted into the tree above me, and disappeared into the shade of the leaves, no doubt trying to find somewhere to dry off after yet another shower. Within minutes the sun had made a welcome appearance again, though, and as if by magic it brought with it two...

July 21, 2015

Another day, another trip to Billesley Common in a desperate bid to get a photograph of a Marbled White. Luck was not with me, though, as I only saw one, and that was at some distance from me and was flying away. I did get some more shots of Green-Veined Whites, but I...

July 18, 2015

There is a strange dichotomy to the lives of Ringlets and Meadow Browns. They are so abundant, seen flying among long grasses and brambles, yet the second they land they are almost impossible to spot. Both love to hide away, making the most of their dark colours to cam...

July 17, 2015

It was a strangely silent morning in Highbury Park. The only birds I heard were the Magpies giving their little call to one another, and a Blackbird gave its tick tick tick call as it hopped across the grass, feeding. I can only assume the silence heralds the start of...

July 16, 2015

The afternoon sun had decided to make an appearance, but was suddenly blotted out momentarily. A glance skywards instantly showed me why. Flying immediately overhead was a Grey Heron, its huge wings at full stretch, its body a sleek line from the tip of its sharp beak...

July 14, 2015


Sunday was a breezy, up and down sort of day, but warm. Butterflies don’t really like overcast, windy days, but I thought it was worth risking a visit to Chinn Brook Meadows, another glorious haven for wildlife that is within walking distance of my home. Those...

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