Alverstone is open!

I was so sad when the hide at Alverstone Mead closed. It had become my go-to place for quiet, contemplative time, usually spent with with some of the Island’s tamer red squirrels. It’s taken a while to complete the repairs, but this wonderful spot is now open again. I’m unsure as to whether the name … More Alverstone is open!

Starting Early

The alarm has to be set ever earlier for adventures in the first light. Although we’d planned an early morning run, once Radio 4 interrupted our unconsciousness at five thirty, a slower start of coffee in bed followed by a woodland wander was clearly the more palatable idea. The serenity of an early morning in a town … More Starting Early

Tree Rats

Scrolling though my twitter feed is generally a nature delight: beautiful landscape and creature photography; updates on research and discoveries; quotes from great naturalists and thinkers. I’ve curated my bubble carefully. Of course, the less edifying aspects of humans’ impact on our planet does intrude from time to time. The degradation of our shared commons, … More Tree Rats

spring arrives

The hints have been here for weeks now, but the true marker of the arrival of spring must be whether you are willing to sit outside for a picnic. Thankfully, that time arrived while Bryony & I were both still on holiday. Newtown has proven to be the perfect destination for the newest member of our … More spring arrives

Visiting the Reds

With the weather warming, the bike has been emerging from its winter hibernation on a more regular basis. Saturday last, I headed straight down the cycle path to one of my favourite Island spots, Alverstone Mead. I only discovered these beautiful acres a while ago, but have been a regular visitor since. It feels like a … More Visiting the Reds

alverstone mead

I recently discovered another wildlife gem on our Island. Tucked away in the rolling hills a couple of miles inland from Sandown is Alverstone Mead, a freshwater nature reserve. It’s a beautifully calm spot, well maintained paths through marshland and woodland. Tucked away in one corner is an elevated hide. Yesterday evening I had it all to … More alverstone mead