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 2017

  September is the month when a mysterious organism may appear on your lawn and other grassy places. The frothy-looking, white, jelly-like substance, clinging to blades of grass in a mass, is a slime mould. There are different types of … Continue reading

August 2017

This month, in woodland and along hedgerows, you may see the bright red berries of the Cuckoo pint. (Rhymes with ‘mint’ not ‘pint’ as in milk.) This plant, which is a member of the Arum family, has lots of other … Continue reading

July 2017

  A plant that is in flower this month is Privet, except we rarely see these blooms because this is used primarily as a hedging plant and will be constantly trimmed which will remove the buds. Left to its own … Continue reading

June 2017

  This month, and during July and August, the Yellow flag iris is in flower. This plant likes to have wet feet and Norfolk provides ideal conditions where it grows on lake and river edges and on marshland. It reproduces … Continue reading