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

2018 November

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

October 2018

Autumn’s here and so are many fungi, some edible but some poisonous, so take advice from an expert before you fry up your foraging finds with the bacon. A lot of fungi associate with trees in symbiotic relationships where each … Continue reading

September 2018

September is the start of the ‘Daddy-long-legs’ season when the adult Crane flies, of which there are many species, emerge from the damp ground where they have been spending the greater part of their lives as Leather jackets, so called … Continue reading

August 2018

Roe deer are in the middle of their rutting season at the beginning of this month but, as we’ve talked about before, there will be delayed implantation of the foetus which will happen in December or January. Roe are the … Continue reading