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

June 2020

Geese are roosting in the barley near us. Coming in the moonlight, casting flying shadows across the bedroom curtains and calling; such a wild sound. They seem to prefer to feed on the young shoots and will move from field … Continue reading

May 2020

In these days of self-isolation contact with the natural world may be limited for some people. Some are not lucky enough to live in the countryside or even have gardens but there are still things you can do. Feeding birds … Continue reading

April 2020

Fruit trees are in blossom this month, giving us stunning sights and reminding us that spring is truly here. Also providing pollen and nectar for pollinating insects, especially bees but it seems that some, particularly bumble bees, may not know … Continue reading

March 2020

March is here and let’s hope it brings better weather than we had last month. Ciara and Dennis may sound like some sort of theatrical double act, with Dennis chasing Ciara across the weather stage, but in fact the poor … Continue reading