Monthly Archives: January 2014

Snowdrops coming out…

Another sign that the spring is out there somewhere and getting slowly closer….


This snowdrop was photographed by Nic Cairns in a garden in St.Ann’s.

Budby Common

I recently found this fine post, describing the joys of seeking connection with nature – and Parrot Crossbills – at Budby Common.  The Common is part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve about 25 miles north of Nottingham.  The post is on Stephen Rutt’s blog, a very worthwhile read.

Welcome back to the Peregrines

The Peregrine Falcons have returned to their nest on the NTU Newton Building – almost two months earlier than last year, symptomatic of the unseasonably mild winter perhaps.  Their progress can be watched via webcam, and we hope these iconic birds have another good year in the City Centre!

Hazel Catkins

One of the very first harbingers of spring is the appearance of catkins on Hazel trees (Corylus avellana).  Here’s a close-up from Nic Cairns, taken on St.Ann’s Allotments……

hazel catkins

The catkins, also known as “lamb’s tails”, are spikes of male flowers, which dangle in the wind and allow the hazel pollen to be distributed.  Thanks to Nic for the photo.

Reed Bunting at Attenborough

Here’s a great photo by Michael Hewson of a Reed Bunting at Attenborough nature reserve….


The photo is on Attenborough’s facebook page, which often features excellent pics of the reserve and its wildlife.