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

September 2020

Many birds will be returning to our coasts this month from their summer homes abroad to spend the winter in Britain. In Norfolk Cley Marshes is a favourite place for ducks, geese and wading birds to over-winter. One, which is … Continue reading

August 2020

Although we are now in midsummer we still get stormy days which give us some lovely skies. The big skies we have in Norfolk are one of the many bonuses those of us who live here have. But summer also … Continue reading

July 2020

Baby hedgehogs are out and about now, but some don’t get much of a chance. They are very vulnerable at this young stage and some don’t even get to seeing much of the outside world. When I worked as a … Continue reading

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