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

October 2016

October brings autumn colours to our woodlands and Broads with changing leaves and delicate fungi and it is usually still warm enough for a boat trip to appreciate the wildlife on the water. Visitors to Norfolk are often surprised to … Continue reading

September 2016

September and the days are getting shorter but there is still some summer left before autumn really starts; good days for walking in woodland. Our county has many woods including Foxley, north-west of Norwich, which is Norfolk’s largest remaining ancient … Continue reading

August 2016

As well as harvest time it’s also school holidays and when the cries of “I’m bored! What shall we do?” start, and they don’t want to watch the combine harvester, it’s worth looking into other outdoor activities that children can … Continue reading

July 2016

Rainbows must be near the top of the list of nature’s spectacular sights; who doesn’t stop and look when one appears. But a rainbow is not really there, it is an optical phenomenon that can only be seen if you … Continue reading