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 August

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

2018 July

Summer days and everywhere seems to be full of life. Flowers are buzzing with insects, birds may be rearing their second or third broods, animals are taking advantage of the lush grazing and, as the old song goes, fish are … Continue reading

June 2018

It’s a sure sign that summer is here when the swallows come back from their winter quarters in Southern Africa. Many return to the same place where they nested last year, or where they were born, and by now most … Continue reading

May 2018

The Weavers’ Way is famous in Norfolk and runs from Cromer on the north coast of the county to Great Yarmouth on the east coast. Because of the different habitats this track runs through – woodland, farmland, fen, heath and … Continue reading