by Andy Johnson


Nature Notes – September 2021

30th August 2021

The third weekend in August (21st & 22nd) saw the first significant rainfall for several weeks.

Pied Wagtail & Chafer Beetle

Nature Notes – July 2021

27th June 2021

June has been sunny but dry, making it difficult for many birds to feed their young.

Spring Blossom

Nature Notes – June 2021

30th May 2021

For the first ten days of May the dry northerly airflow and frosts continued so that early nesting birds failed and the dawn and evening chorus stopped.


Nature Notes – May 2021

2nd May 2021

April has been dominated by high pressure bringing bright, sunny days with a cold, dry, northerly airstream, resulting in some severe frosty nights which have burnt some early blossom.

yellow hammer & grey partridge

Nature Notes – March 2021

27th February 2021

No doubt, during the recent cold weather, many of you will have attracted good numbers of wild birds to your feeders.

Salmon and otter

Nature Notes – February 2021

29th January 2021

The main physical feature of Scruton is the river Swale which essentially forms the eastern boundary of the parish. It is a fast-flowing river which has created spectacular meanders and is, on a geological time scale, rapidly changing its course.

Nature Watch – January 2021

1st January 2021

Following a forty-year long upward trend, 2020 may have been the warmest year on record in the UK. The impact on nature is incremental and slow changes are not very obvious.


Nature Notes – December 2020

28th November 2020

This Autumn is one of the warmest on record with no frost of any note as yet. Consequently, Summer flowers are still in bloom.


Farming News – December 2020

28th November 2020

When I left school, farming was simple. Produce food for people to eat, as much as possible to feed the nation. The more we farmers produced the better off we were financially. By the time of the Ethiopian famine, I thought that we could help feed the world.


Nature Notes – November 2020

28th October 2020

We remembered a village event held on the playing fields, when people dancing in the rain caused worms to emerge.  You may also have seen gulls ‘paddling’ their feet to lure worms to the surface.