List of Blogs

Blogs by Chris & Jude Gibson published on this site, with links, since October 2016. Just click on any of the pictures to see a full-sized version.

Most of them are heavily photo-based, and maybe don’t contain much in the way of campaigning messages. Apart from the most important message of all, given the Extinction Crisis which is underway: nature in all its glories is still out there to inspire us. Hopefully our words and pictures will help to enthuse others to look after what we have and leave a better world for those who come after us.

November 2020

Essex Field Club and the Essex Naturalist

The first frost of Winter…

Sustainable cotton clothing: Fraser Wear

October 2020

The Wild Side of Essex: Day tours of The Naze and Walton Backwaters with Naturetrek – October

Cockaynes in late Autumn #WildWivenhoe

Late October in the Beth Chatto Gardens: after the deluge…

The Wild Side of Essex: Day tours of the Colne with Naturetrek in October

September 2020

The Wild Side of Essex: Day tours of the Colne with Naturetrek in September

Greenwings in the southern Suffolk Sandlings

#WildWivenhoe Bug & Botany Walks: Awayday to the southern Suffolk Sandlings

September in the Beth Chatto Gardens

#WildWivenhoe Bug & Botany Walks: September – Barrier Marsh, The Chase, ant-hills and more…

August 2020

The Wild Side of Essex: day tours with Naturetrek in August

Late August in the Beth Chatto Gardens

Back to the Sandlings…

Great News from Beth Chatto’s!

#WildWivenhoeBotany & Bug Walks: August – a tentative return to Lower Lodge

July 2020

The southern Suffolk Sandlings

London Rediscovered

Wildlife on the Farm: an organic perspective

High Summer in the Beth Chatto Gardens: a butterfly bonanza

Jude’s Nature Diary: Botany & Bugs (and more!) on your Doorstep – mid July

High Summer in the Cockaynes Reserve

Lockdown Localism – finding rare and special invertebrates close to home

The Beth Chatto Gardens: standing in for the Spanish Pyrenees!

June 2020

Lockdown diary: Gallery updates

Lockdown diary: #ReasonsToBeCheerful in #WildWivenhoe and elsewhere – June

Lockdown diary: Botany & Bugs (and more!) on your Doorstep – late June

Return to the Beth Chatto Gardens….

Lockdown diary: Botany & Bugs (and more!) on your Doorstep – mid June

Red and Black

All Saints’ Churchyard, Dovercourt: Bugs and more in #GodsAcre

May 2020

Lockdown diary: #ReasonsToBeCheerful in #WildWivenhoe – late May

Lockdown diary: Botany & Bugs (and more!) on your Doorstep – late May

Lockdown diary: Heading towards summer in Cockaynes Reserve

Lockdown diary: the Beth Chatto gardens on this day in 2013

Lockdown: time to remember the Pyrenees…

Lockdown diary: #ReasonsToBeCheerful in #WildWivenhoe – early May

Lockdown diary: Botany & Bugs (and more!) on your Doorstep – mid May

Lockdown diary: Return to Barrier Marsh

Lockdown diary: Cockaynes – after the rain

Lockdown diary: Dawn Chorus today in #wildWivenhoe

April 2020

Lockdown diary: #ReasonsToBeCheerful in #WildWivenhoe – the second three weeks

Lockdown diary: the Beth Chatto Gardens on this day in 2007

Lockdown diary: Botany & Bugs (and more!) on your Doorstep – late April

Lockdown diary: The Beth Chatto Gardens – rewind five years…

Lockdown diary: Return to Cockaynes

Lockdown diary: Cockaynes Reserve, our #NaturalHealthService

Lockdown diary: In praise of Alexanders…

Lockdown diary: #ReasonsToBeCheerful in #wildWivenhoe – the first three weeks

Lockdown diary: Botany & Bugs (and more!) on your Doorstep – early April

Lockdown diary: The Bolt-holes of Wivenhoe Shipyard Jetty

March 2020

Lockdown Diary: Botany & Bugs (and more!) on your Doorstep

Lockdown diary: The Ant-hills of Barrier Marsh

Lockdown diary: In praise of flowery lawns…

Beth Chatto Gardens – on this day in history…..

Beth Chatto Gardens – springtime antidote

Life on the Garden Fence – the Virgin Bagworm

Beth Chatto Gardens – is it Spring yet?

Gardening with Wildlife in Mind

Lichenscapes, Groundscapes, Beachscapes and Reflectascapes

February 2020

Murder at the Garden Pond: Thalia dealbata – the (not very) beautiful assassin

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug Walks: February awayday to the Naze

January 2020

Beth Chatto Gardens – sunlight and shadows

Beth Chatto Gardens: the reawakening of the year

Identification by Internet…

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug Walks: January – trees in winter

December 2019

The Beth Chatto Gardens throughout the Seasons: December – after the election, Nature Cure

November 2019

Cockaynes Reserve – landscapes, wildscapes and groundscapes dressed in the fires of autumn

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug Walks: November – autumn trees and fungi in Wivenhoe Park

October 2019

The Swiss Alps by train: joining the 6% club

Return to Gunnersbury Triangle: wasp galls on an oak tree

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug Walks: October – Cockaynes Wood

September 2019

The Beth Chatto Gardens throughout the Seasons: September

Standing up for Phyllis Currie Reserve – September

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug walks: September – Ferry Marsh, after The Flood

August 2019

Our new toy – a compact portable moth trap

Standing up for Phyllis Currie Reserve – August

The Beth Chatto Gardens throughout the seasons: August

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug walks: August – The Shipyard and Barrier Marsh at dusk

July 2019

The Beth Chatto Garden throughout the seasons: July

High summer butterflies & moths (and much else!) of the Spanish Pyrenees

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug walks: July – the wild side of Wivenhoe town

#WildWivenhoe: Burnets, butterflies, beetles and bountiful blooming at Lower Lodge

June 2019

Plants hiding on our doorstep…

Bristol – in the rain!

The Beth Chatto Garden throughout the seasons: June

Standing up for the Phyllis Currie Reserve: early June

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug Walks: June – the leaves are alive on Lower Lodge

May 2019

The Beth Chatto Garden through the seasons: May

Spring in the Camargue

Why Eyes?

A short break in Manchester and Chester

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug Walks: May – Cockaynes Reserve

Pipers at the Gates of Dawn

Standing up for the Phyllis Currie Reserve

April 2019

Extinction Rebellion: #WeAreWinning

The Beth Chatto Garden throughout the seasons: April

Fifty shades of green…

Basking bugs and beasties – Wivenhoe Wildlife Garden

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug Walks: April – the woods in Spring

March 2019

What a pa-larva…!

Jude’s Rubbish Diary – Episode 2

The Beth Chatto Garden throughout the seasons: March

In the foothills of the Atlas: Southern Morocco

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug Walks: March – searching for signs of Spring along the Wivenhoe Trail

February 2019

Apricity in #wildwivenhoe

Guest Blog: Jude’s Rubbish Diary – Episode 1

The Beth Chatto Garden through the seasons: February

Botanical Awakenings: Turkish Hazel

January 2019

A New Year springs in the Beth Chatto Garden

December 2018

Three days of World Heritage in the North…(Saltaire and Durham)

November 2018

Autumn at its best in The Beth Chatto Garden

Epping Forest: Autumn Glory

October 2018

A Cornish Cornucopia…

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug Walks: October – King George V Field, Wivenhoe Wood & Ferry Marsh

A few days in London… 

Book Review: The Orphaned Spaces

September 2018

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug Walks: September – Grange Wood & Whitehouse Beach

Late Summer in the French Pyrénées

August 2018

Mothman returns…. (moth trapping in North Norfolk)

WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug Walks: August – Whitehouse Beach

The Shingles of Orfordness

July 2018

Midsummer in the Western Rhodopes: All Kinds of Everything…

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug Walks: July – Lower Lodge

Butterflies and Moths of the Spanish Pyrenees

June 2018

Faeries at the bottom of the (pub) garden (the River Colne at Aldham)

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug Walks: June – 41 Acres

King George V Playing Field : the new wildflower meadows #wildwivenhoe

Nature and Culture in Cologne

May 2018

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug Walks: May, to Barrier Marsh and Grange Wood

Unravelling the mysteries of our Bluebells

Wildlife Galore in Cockaynes Reserve

Spring in the Spanish Pyrenees: a cornucopia of biodiversity

The Gunnersbury Triangle: antidote to the modern world?

April 2018

#WildWivenhoe Botany & Bug Walks: April in Cockaynes Reserve

Spring in WildWivenhoe, Part 2 – Return of the Bee-fly

Spring in WildWivenhoe, Part 3 – the ‘little white jobs’

Menorca: Island in Bloom

Spring in WildWivenhoe, Part 4 – an ever-changing tapestry of colour

March 2018

Retreat of the Beast…

Signs of Spring in WildWivenhoe, Part 7

Furze Hills, Mistley: home to the Ancients

Signs of Spring in WildWivenhoe, Part 8

The Beth Chatto Gardens: beyond the flowers…

Canvey Wick: the accidental nature reserve

Spring in WildWivenhoe, Part 1: The saga of Ferry Marsh

February 2018

Signs of Spring in Wild Wivenhoe

Signs of Spring in WildWivenhoe, Part 2

Signs of Spring in WildWivenhoe, Part 3

Signs of Spring in WildWivenhoe, Part 4

One Misty, Moisty Morning…

Signs of Spring in WildWivenhoe, Part 5

Signs of Spring in WildWivenhoe, Part 6: Arrival of ‘The Beast’

October 2017

Late autumn in West Cork: the calm after the storms

September 2017

The Devil has all the best tunes…

July 2017

An Olympic Exploration

October 2016

The Curate’s Egg: my reflections on leaving Natural England, part 1

The Curate’s Egg: my reflections on leaving Natural England, part 2

A Magical Menorcan Autumn – ‘step by step’ to a greener future

Wonderful Wildlife Art at the Mall Galleries: ‘a glimpse of the wild in the heart of London’