A Natural Interest

Natural history has been a lifelong passion for me and I’m very grateful that I was born with such a consuming interest. It doesn’t matter where you are there is always something to see, whether it’s that tenacious Buddleia growing out of a building, twelve feet up, ants running about on a pavement, deer dashing across a field or snakes in the compost heap, life is never boring. Seventeen years working as a veterinary nurse brought me into contact with many wildlife patients and they taught me a lot about themselves. After a few years nursing I felt I needed another angle to my job, so did a teacher training course and taught animal care at an agricultural college.

Norfolk is a wonderful county in which to live for those of us who have an interest in natural history and I’m pleased to share this diary, which first appeared in ‘Town & Country News,’ with you all. I hope that my observations and thoughts will give you pleasure. I am always interested to hear about anything you may come across in the natural world and if you have any questions I will try my best to answer them for you.

Email me on sheila@norfolknaturediary.uk

© Sheila Sims

January 2020

Trees in Ecuadorean cloud forests will sometimes grow into strange shapes. They are influenced by light, the sun, availability of water and nutrients and whether or not they have space among competing trees. A forest can be quite crowded, so … Continue reading

December 2019

The Ecuadorean cloud forests are home to many insects, some of which are still to be identified. All over the world those insects which are brightly coloured have evolved, by natural selection, to be like this either to attract a … Continue reading

November 2019

I’ve had several emails telling me how much you enjoy our winter travelling – thank you all for those – so this winter I’m taking you to the South American country of Ecuador where my husband and I (how very … Continue reading

October 2019

It’s time to start feeding the birds. Colder weather will mean that there is not so much natural food about, so peanuts in hanging feeders will be welcome. Niger seed will attract Goldfinches but these are also better in hanging … Continue reading