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

November 2017

I love the winter sunsets in Norfolk, full of colours that sometimes seem unreal, as though someone has painted the sky. November can be a cold month, especially on the coast, but it is worth visiting Snettisham, particularly to see … Continue reading

October 2017

  Misty autumn days and the Red deer are rutting. The big stag, which has been king of this area for years, is thrashing the vegetation and bellowing throughout the night.  Deer are normally timid animals and tend to run … Continue reading

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