by Andy Johnson

wasp nest

Nature Notes – June 2022

24th May 2022

For the past month I have been watching a queen wasp building its nest in my wooden garden shed.

Roe deer - village green

Nature Notes – May 2022

27th April 2022

Similar to last year, April’s weather has been dominated by a cool northerly airstream, but without the devastating frosts. Consequently cherry and magnolia blossom, daffodils and tulips have been good and long lasting.

Red kite

Nature Notes – April 2022

29th March 2022

The warm weather has brought out cherry blossom and spring flowers, and thrushes and blackbirds are in full song especially at dusk.

Roe Deer

Nature Notes – March 2022

28th February 2022

Roe deer are regularly seen around here. Last week I spotted a hind with two three-quarter grown young break out of Carriage Road Plantation and run across a field of rape into a copse.


Nature Notes – February 2022

1st February 2022

Walking along Fleetham Lane on New Year’s Day I was surprised to see four hares cavorting around showing signs of mating.

Elgie Update

3rd January 2022

In January 2020 we included an item about a blue tit at Glebe Cottage.


Nature Notes – January 2022

3rd January 2022

The weather in 2021 was extraordinary. After a cold, wet winter, April and May were the coldest for thirty years and unusually dry.

male brambling

Nature Notes – December 2021

2nd December 2021

Gale force winds and snow signalled the end to yet another mild, dry autumn.

bee on flower

Nature Notes – November 2021

31st October 2021

Local beekeeper, John Wilson, tells me that his bees have produced a good crop of honey this year, despite the vagaries of the spring weather.


Nature Notes – October 2021

27th September 2021

Migration is fully underway and tracking devices are being used to locate where, in Africa, many of our summer visitors spend the winter.