by Andy Johnson


Nature Notes – December 2023

29th November 2023

by Andy Johnston The autumn weather can be best summed up as wet, windy and warm, which has enabled many flowers to be still in bloom due to a lack of hard frosts. The first week in October saw the last of our local swallows, house martins and hobby leave for Africa and the arrival…


Nature Notes – November 2023

31st October 2023

Recent storms brought us the largest fall of North American migrants for 30 years.

A mink

Nature Notes – October 2023

30th September 2023

In early September, I woke to find my car covered in Sahara dust, thanks to a huge plume of hot air from the south. Sahara dust is responsible for delivering an estimated 22 kilotons of phosphorous and other nutrients to the rain forests of South America. Local farmers will be only too happy to receive…

Tawny Owl

Nature Notes – September 2023

30th August 2023

It has been a strange summer weather wise; June was very dry and sunny but with cold evenings.

Sparrow Hawk

Nature Notes – August 2023

30th July 2023

We have at least one pair of sparrow hawks which operate in the village. Those of you with bird feeders will be aware of the sudden attacks on garden birds, or more usually the tell-tale sign of a patch of feathers on the lawn.

Northern Wheatear

Nature Notes – July 2023

3rd July 2023

Recently I walked up Meeth Gill just west of Reeth to the Old Gang Smelt Mills to see how many species of upland birds I could find, especially summer migrants.

Noble false widow & asian hornet

Nature Notes – June 2023

1st June 2023

by Andy Johnston Rewilding is all the rage at the moment. However it may come as a surprise that there are over 2,000 non-native species of plants & animals already established in the UK. Many have been deliberately introduced, but a significant number have arrived accidentally. Examples in our neighbourhood include Himalayan balsam, Japanese knot-weed,…


Nature Notes – May 2023

1st May 2023

Recently the north of England was subject to a ridge of high pressure and a NE airflow. These conditions were ideal for the creation of Britain’s only named wind ‘The Helm Wind’.

Rook in nest

Nature Notes – April 2023

2nd April 2023

Those of you who live near the Green or at the top of Ham Hall Lane are well aware of the rooks.


Nature Notes – March 2023

2nd March 2023

While admiring the spring flowers in the church yard, I noticed grey squirrels chasing each other along the church wall.