Archive of: Charlotte Owen

  • Starling Murmurations

    Starling Murmurations

    A murmuration of starlings is one of the natural world’s most impressive spectacles, eagerly anticipated, relatively easy to see and yet intriguingly mysterious

  • Black-headed gull

    Black-headed gull

    You might look at a black-headed gull at this time of year and wonder how on earth it got its name

  • Fallow Deer

    Fallow Deer

    The tranquillity of a woodland walk in October may well be shattered as the fallow deer rut gets underway.

  • Buzzard bounce-back

    Buzzard bounce-back

    The beautiful buzzard is a common sight across Sussex, but that wasn’t always the case.

  • Oak Galls

    Oak Galls

    Next time you walk past an oak tree, take a closer look and you might notice something a bit unusual. Perhaps some of the acorns are ripening nicely but others seem to have mutated into an abnormal, knobbly mess. What’s going on?

  • Blackberry season

    Blackberry season

    It’s blackberry season. Perfect for making jams and crumbles - and a feast for wildlife

  • Slow worm

    Slow worm

    The slow worm’s name is a bit deceptive, since it is neither slow nor a worm.

  • Dragonfly Week

    Dragonfly Week

    Dragonflies: as they dart and glide across the summer skies with a bright flash of iridescent colour and a whirr of wings, it’s easy to see how these voracious aerial predators earned their name.

  • Ground-nesting birds

    Ground-nesting birds

    Think of a bird’s nest and your mind will probably wander high up into the branches of a tree or hedgerow – but not all birds have such lofty ambitions