about the blog

Firstly, thank you for visiting my blog, I hope you find it interesting and/or useful, hopefully both. And thank you even more if you decide you liked what you saw and would like to follow my ramblings and subscribe to regular updates.

This blog, as its name ‘Everyday Nature Trails’ is meant to convey, is mainly about   the nature that I discover on the walks in my locality in North Wales and in other places that I visit, that are mostly easily reached. There’s so much that we take for granted or overlook when we’re out and about whether that’s in a garden, a park, walking down a street, in the countryside, by the sea or in a designated nature reserve. I believe that even the commonest and most often seen wildlife deserves our due attention; if we don’t notice and appreciate it now, we may lose it forever without many of us even being aware it was there in the first place.

I love to walk in places that are wild and off the beaten track and do so at every opportunity, but my main interest is in the wildlife that lives in close proximity to us, either by its own choice or because we have invaded their spaces to suit our own ends. Many of the Trails I write about are in easily and frequently accessed places, quite a few within designated Local Nature Reserves, which are managed by local authorities to provide space for people and wildlife, not an easy mix.

Walking is generally becoming an increasingly popular pastime and some of my Trails are on sections of the Wales Coast Path which pass through Reserves, some in very close proximity to bird nesting sites; another sensitive issue.

I’ve recently become a Committee member of our local (Conwy) branch of the North Wales Wildlife Trust, so I’m hoping to learn more about the work they do and the difficulties they face in the management and maintenance of their Reserves.

Over the past few years I’ve been in increasing demand as a baby-sitter and playmate for my still-growing tribe of grandchildren while their parents work. This has curtailed some of my activities, but has also opened up opportunities to explore other areas. I get to spend time in North and South-West London and occasionally in Bristol. My children are all good at finding places to take me they know I’ll enjoy as a reward for my services! I also get to make some very scenic train journeys, another form of Nature Trail.

I do most of my walking alone with just my camera for company. Although I can cover a reasonable distance, walks tend to turn into meanders, with lots of stops to take photographs. When I walk with others I often get left behind to catch up if I can.  

15 thoughts on “about the blog”

  1. I’m so sorry to take so long to reply to your kind comment – I thought I had but it clearly didn’t ‘post’! I’ll be following your blog too, so keep posting about your lovely country!

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  2. Hi Theresa,

    I just spent the last while pouring over your lovely blog. I’m delighted to come across another nature blogger 🙂

    Keep up the great work!

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  3. Pippa Sibert said:

    Hi Theresa so pleased to find your blog and website. I live in West Wales and have a particular interest in wild plants and their environment. I have decided to find out in more depth the plants particular to this area and the folklore surrounding them. I was walking in the dunes at Poppit Sands recently and was amazed at how many different plants there where. It all began last year when by pure chance I sat down in the dunes, looked to my left and there was a delightful bee orchid. I was transfixed for a while! So I am off with my camera and will be recording all that I find for now on!

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    • Hi Pippa, I just came across your comments as I was replying to another, I don’t know how I came to miss it, so can only apologise. Lucky you living in West Wales, I love it there. I hope your wild plant hunting and research are going well – it’ll soon be Spring again and there is so much to look forward to. Best wishes, Theresa

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  4. You are very welcome!

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  5. Hi Theresa,

    Thanks muchly for the recent like at naturestimeline.

    Best Wishes

    Tony Powell and naturestimeline

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  6. Thank you, I’m happy that you find the blog useful, I will keep posting to it as I have so much information and so many photographs still to share! Links to other blogs and most other ‘sidebar’ info are added as ‘widgets’ under ‘appearance’. Gets easier with practice!

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  7. Good to find out more about you and hadn’t realised you created the Nightingale trails. It is such a useful source of information while we are living in Spain. I love your links to other nature blogs too. A good idea but I still seem to struggle with some of the technical layout.

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  8. Hi Theresa, and what an interesting blog you have created. I absolutely agree with you about the importance of looking at things when you are out walking, especially this sentence: “taking a walk with me may turn into more of a meander with lots of stops to take photographs”. And I also agree: walking alone is best 🙂

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  9. Yes, the main dilemma I have is where to choose to go! I love to discover new places but also never want to miss out on what’s close by either. If only there was more time ….!

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  10. I’m glad to see hear that there are far more nature reserves throughout Wales than you can ever hope to see. That way you won’t run out of places to visit whenever you hear the call to go exploring in nature.

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  11. Hello Theresa, I’d like to nominate your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award to show appreciation for your championing of nature in both Spain and Wales.

    If you don’t want to accept that’s fine, but if you do, the award requests that you nominate your favourite fifteen blogs and notify them of the nomination, share fifteen facts about yourself, and lastly display the award logo on your website (a copy of the logo can be lifted from here: http://thenaturephile.com/2012/03/16/id-just-like-to-thank/).

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