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.