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

February 2019

Back in Norfolk in time for the beginning of spring. Many people will be starting to tidy up in their gardens this month but let’s not be too hasty. All those dead leaves and branches will be sheltering amphibians and … Continue reading

January 2019

Our last month in Svalbard. There are several types of seals in the waters around Svalbard and the two that we saw were the Harbour seal and the Bearded seal. The Harbours seem to like resting on or near the … Continue reading

December 2018

Back to the ice! There are many types of terns in the world but the one we saw in Svalbard was, obviously, the Arctic tern. This bird spends its breeding season in the Arctic then migrates as far south as … Continue reading

November 2018

Several of you wrote to me last winter to say that you enjoyed our safari so this winter I’m taking you away again but somewhere very different from Tanzania – the archipelago of Svalbard. It is part of Norway and … Continue reading