Where to watch wildlife in the North East England: Silverlink Biodiversity Park — James Common

In a new series of articles, we’ll be taking a look at the best places to watch wildlife in North East England. By no means comprehensive but hopefully informative, these posts are intended to provide inspiration on where to visit in the North East to observe and enjoy nature, as well as detailing some of […]

Where to watch wildlife in the North East: Silverlink Biodiversity Park — James Common

English Hen Harriers Face Extinction Risk — Natural History Wanderings

The BBC reported that Hen Harriers are close to extinction in England as the only two nesting pairs in the country failed to breed. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said this is the first time since the 1960’s that the harriers have not produced even one chick. The RSPB blamed private […]

English Hen Harriers Face Extinction Risk — Natural History Wanderings

The ongoing challenge of tackling Himalayan balsam in the British Isles — The Invasives Blog

Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera), an invasive species native to the foothills of the Himalayas, is an extremely problematic weed in the British Isles, and one of the species CABI is working to help control in the natural environment. Imported to the British Isles for its alluring pink flowers, over the past 50 years the plant…

The ongoing challenge of tackling Himalayan balsam in the British Isles — The Invasives Blog

Exploring the Fascinating Flora of Lindisfarne — James Common

I have visited the Holy Island of Lindisfarne many times to admire the sites birdlife, chase rarities and even seek out insects, but never to appreciate it’s diverse and interesting flora. Lindisfarne is well known as an excellent site for those interested in botany, it’s unspoilt beaches, sprawling dune slacks, fields and expansive areas of […]

Exploring the Fascinating Flora of Lindisfarne — James Common

Wonderful Wildflowers at Bishop Middleham Quarry — James Common

A Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Durham Wildlife Trust nature reserve encompassing a disused magnesian limestone quarry, I have read about Bishop Middleham Quarry for years. People, it seems, visit the site from far and wide to experience the fantastic flora on offer here. As well as for an abundance of colourful insects. […]

Wonderful Wildflowers at Bishop Middleham Quarry — James Common