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 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’