The Naturephile was created by myself, Finn Holding, to share my encounters with local wildlife in and around Cambridge UK and on travels further afield.
I am based in Histon, north of Cambridge, UK. I love all forms of nature and wildlife and I’ve been keeping a wildlife diary since summer 2009 of all the sightings and observations from the local farmland around Histon, and the annual diaries are in spreadsheet form and can be accessed by clicking on these links:
The format of the diaries is evolving with time. After starting off by simply listing regularly sighted species, I now enter text for new sightings of previously unobserved species in red. Also, more recent entries have figures for maximum number of a species sighted at one time and the number of sightings of that species. The diaries are named ‘Histon…‘ and as I live in Histon the majority of sightings listed are from here. However, I also enter sightings from trips further afield and these have a green background.
The diary has been badly neclected for the last year or so up until 2013, but I’ve made an early New Year resolution for 2013 to get on the case and start filling them again!
The diversity of wildlife to be found around Histon is amazing, so hats off to the farmers in Histon who think it is important enough to adapt their practices to accommodate nature by adopting wildlife-friendly methods. I explore the countryside several times a week while I walk my dog, Copper:
I always take my camera, binoculars and a notebook in order to make records of the birds, mammals, plants, insects and fungi I find. If you go to the ‘North Histon field walk‘ post of the ‘Home’ page you can find links to my wildlife diaries and a map and photographs which hopefully give a reasonable idea of the places I’m talking about.
Eventually I also plan to adapt, or link, my blog to a repository for general wildlfe and species information illustrated with my photographs. This is a longer term idea which I plan to slowly evolve. Watch this space.
Thanks for looking at my blog, I hope you enjoy it.