Archive of: Charlotte Owen

  • Being kind - the benefits of nature

    Being kind - the benefits of nature

    With the world in lockdown, the uplifting role that wildlife plays in our lives has become more vital than ever. We all need nature, and not just for the fundamentals like food, air and water that are essential to our very existence. Nature also has the power to make us feel happy and boost our health and wellbeing, just by being there.

  • Helping Hedgehogs

    Helping Hedgehogs

    It’s Hedgehog Awareness Week and these much-loved prickly characters need our help. No longer a common sight, hedgehogs numbers have dropped by a third in the last ten years alone. Changes to both urban and rural landscapes have made life much tougher for them but thankfully our gardens are proving to be a real stronghold.

  • Froggy Friday

    Froggy Friday

    It’s frogspawn season - one of the most exciting events in nature’s calendar. We look forward to it every year, eagerly awaiting the return of the frogs to water. Will they make it safely back to the garden pond after their winter sleep, and when will they arrive? Will they spawn this year? When will it appear, and how much will there be?

  • All things need a name

    All things need a name

    Nomenclature is the science of naming, with rules and systems for organising species and giving each one an official two-part title. But there is also an art to the naming of things and often a sense of magic, especially when it comes to common names.

  • Goose Barnacle, Barnacle Goose

    Goose Barnacle, Barnacle Goose

    Goose Barnacles, can be found in their thousands still clinging to their driftwood raft on the strandline, They once puzzled people for hundreds of years.

  • Early Birdsong

    Early Birdsong

    Birdsong is making a comeback. Just as we’ve got used to the relative quiet of the long winter months, the first tentative notes of nearly-spring spark an instant remembrance of what’s been missing all this time.

  • Biophilia


    We have a word to describe this innate connection with nature: biophilia. Nature is essential to our very existence but it also makes us happy, and there’s a growing body of evidence describing how the natural world helps to boost our health and wellbeing.

  • Frogs


    Ponds across the county will soon be filling up with an army of amorous frogs, and in this case love can be a battleground

  • Grey heron

    Grey heron

    It’s not unusual for Grey Herons to begin nesting in February, and as one of our largest birds their activity can be hard to miss. They are an imposing sight on the riverbank, standing tall and motionless at the water’s edge as they wait with seemingly endless patience for a potential meal to pass by.

  • Foxes


    Winter is a busy season for foxes. If there are any living near you – and there probably are – you’ll be well aware of just how active they are at this time of year, yapping and screaming at all hours of the night and leaving plenty of unmistakable foxy scent.