Blog Reopened & Update

So, I’m back!

A lot has changed in my life over the last few months while I’ve had my blog closed.  I’ve started studying filmmaking, and it has become my absolute obsession.  Most of what I’ve been making or watching has no relevance to nature or environmental issues, and I haven’t been getting out in nature as much as I used to.  However, in the last few weeks I’ve realised that I shouldn’t be using film as an excuse to not get out in nature, but rather as my reason or excuse to get out in nature.

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Postcards – Isaac Glynn



This isn’t my usual type of post but I just wanted to give a quick shout-out to my friend Isaac Glynn!

On my Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition in Shropshire this August (see my blog post about it here) I met Isaac, who is hoping to become a cartoonist, possibly for advertisements.

Our aim for the expedition was “to create postcard designs using our surroundings”.  Here are some of the postcards that Isaac made:


"Forest Valley"

“Forest Valley”



"The Mountains and Me"

“The Mountains and Me”



"The Mountain In The Clouds"

“The Mountain In The Clouds”

"The Mountains And Gliders"

“The Mountains And Gliders”

Sailing in Scotland – My Gold DofE Expeditions

Last week I went on my Gold Duke of Edinburgh practice and qualifying expeditions, sailing on the west coast of Scotland.  I’d never done sailing before except for two occasions years ago (in which I never actually learnt anything about sailing) and I’d also never slept on a boat before, so there were lots of new experiences. Continue reading

Ecology Liz


This year I am going to Rutland Birdfair which runs from Friday the 19th to Sunday the 21st August.  This will be my second year of Birdfair and last time it was the highlight of the year!  Unfortunately I will be only there for Friday this year but hopefully I’ll be able to go for all three days next year if I manage to sort camping in time!

If anyone sees me and recognises me, feel free to come and say hi!  It would be great to meet some other bloggers and naturalists, because they are a real inspiration to me and without them I wouldn’t write this blog (and I’d probably barely go outside at all!).

Here are some photos from my trip to Birdfair last year:




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Wildlife on my Silver Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

This week I have been on my Silver Duke of Edinburgh award expedition in the Long Mynd area of Shropshire (I think I’ve been getting mixed up and telling people it’s in South Wales by accident!). We had to walk for three days (camping for two nights) and our expedition aim was “to create postcard designs using our surroundings.” Continue reading

Volunteering at Summer Weeks: River-dipping & Trail-making

Yes, I know – I said I was going to blog more frequently after 30 Days Wild – but the last few weeks have been so busy for me that I’ve barely had any time on the computer to blog!

caddisfly larvaeI’ll start off with last week – I was volunteering at a children’s activity week for 5 to 13 year olds. It was in a field next to a nature reserve, with some activities taking place in yurts onsite while others took place by the river or in the reserve itself.  Continue reading