Kestrels are a small bird of prey between 10 & 14 inches in length they are found in a wide variety of habitats, seen on farmland and urban areas. They are often seen, hovering beside a motorway. They can be seen perched on tree branches or on a post  on the look out for lunch.They eat small mammals and birds. This bird was by the coast at Tichfield Haven Hampshire.


Pier lighthouse

Salt Island is joined to the top of Anglesey in North Wales. It provides a natural provider of shelter for the town’s Old Harbour & fishing port from the Irish Sea.


The current Lighthouse, a Pier Light is a conical white house which was built in 1821.The Lighthouse was designed by the civil engineer John Rennie in 1821. It is thought to be the second oldest lighthouse in Wales, after Point of Ayr Lighthouse.

Speckled Wood

The Speckled Wood is a common butterfly,often found in woodland and woodland clearings hence its name. In the north are dark brown with white spots, with those in more southerly locations being dark brown with orange spots. This has given rise to a number of subspecies.


Hampshire seen Speckled Wood

On the shore

Finding cuttlebones on the strand line brings back memories of childhood walks on the seashore.


Cuttlefish are marine animals of the order Sepiida. They belong to the class Cephalopoda, which also includes squid, octopuses, and nautiluses. Cuttlefish have a unique internal shell, the cuttlebone. They are able to rapidly change colour this is often seen when they became threatened. These animals were at the Anglesey Sea Zoo.






Small Tortoiseshell

The Small Tortoiseshell is a medium-sized, butterfly common in gardens where it feeds on Buddleia and other flowers. It is on the wing throughout the year, As an adult it can overwinter. Normally a fairly common butterfly. The caterpillars feed on Common Nettle.


not all it seems

Penrhyn Castle is a country house  built as a mock  castle in Llandegai, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales, in the form of a Norman castle.The present building dates to between 1822 and 1837. It’s keep reminds me of the Norman towers seen at Rochester castle and Porchester Castle.




English Oak


Did you know I didn’t until I read it on line, acorns are not produced until the tree is at least 40 years old. September and the acorns are now well formed but still green in colour.. Bowthorpe Oak in Bourne, Lincolnshire,  is said to be England’s oldest oak tree with an estimated age of over 1,000 years. This baby Oak is in Wales, but due to the acorns must be over 40.



Oak in the landscape