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Ashley Beolens

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2014-03-24

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Wildlife and photography enthusiast from the UK

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A birding, wildlife and photography blog from Milton Keynes. From a birdwatcher and wildlife.. fan's perspective.

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  • 100 Plus Geocaching Terms
    on Dec 2, 2016 in featured geocaching
    If you are a regular reader or have spotted the menu bar at the top of this blog you will know that we are keen geocachers. We love nothing more than spending a few hours hunting through the briar and bramble for tiny pots, hidden by equally enthusia...
  • Ruff Close Encounters
    on Aug 28, 2016 in Manor Farm Nature Wildlife
    Ruff Close Encounters - Great Crested Grebe With some heavy afternoon and overnight rain I was hoping that the patch (Manor Farm - I can't bring myself to call it the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve, far too much of a mouthful) would have gained t...
  • Britains Birds - ReviewBritain's Birds - Review (Cover image) Britain's Birds by Rob Hume, Robert Still, Andy Swash, Hugh Harrop & David Tipling | 560 pages | Wild Guides | Paperback | 2016 | ISBN: 978-0-691-15889-1| I'm a huge fan of the Wildguides series of books...
  • Herons in the SunHerons in the Sun It was hot today, probably too hot to really hit the patch hard, but never the less, with the grand opening of the nature reserve scheduled for tomorrow (I wanted to see what was about without crowds of people), The little lady an...
  • Birdfair 2016Birdfair 2016 - Our Raffle Draw I had the weekend booked of of work, this past weekend (19th to 21st August 2016), I booked it last year if I'm honest, so what did I do on my weekend away from the paying job? Did I spend it relaxing by a pool somewh...
  • Hen Harrier Day 2016Hen Harrier Day 2016 Image courtesy of Wino Wendy's Wildlife World Hen Harriers, enigmatic skydancers who, should, rule the skies of British moorland. A raptor that I have often admired on their wintering grounds at raptor roosts (usually the more...
  • A Walk Amongst The Butterflies
    on Jul 21, 2016 in Manor Farm Nature
    A Walk Amongst the Butterflies We have just had the two hottest days of the year, back to back, and let me be honest with you here, with temperatures hot enough to soften the black, sticky, tarmac on the local roads, a slightly chubby (I'm being po...
  • Introducing the Patch - Millennium BridgeIntroducing the Patch - Millennium Bridge The Millennium Bridge was built around the start of the 21st century (as far as I remember it was finished a bit later than originally scheduled) and links up national Cycle route 6 as it crosses the river...
  • Last June Jaunt
    on Jul 1, 2016 in Manor Farm Nature Wildlife
    Last June Jaunt I have to be honest June is one of my least busy months on the patch front at the best of times, the birding drops right off with so many birds nesting and nothing new moving through, but this June has been so wet that my normal tar...
  • It Has Been a While
    on Jun 21, 2016 in Manor Farm
    It's Been a While - Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Well, what can I say bar It's Been a While! A combination of time away, school holidays, work, massive rain storms and a bad back, have not only kept me off the patch, but prevented me doing much of...
  • Introducing the Patch - Enclosed PaddockIntroducing the Patch - Enclosed Paddock The Enclosed Paddock is not the most exciting of locations on the patch, in fact most of the time it is simply a grassy field, surrounded by trees and hedges (and next to Wolverton House pub) with a large Oa...
  • A Photographic Post
    on May 12, 2016 in bird photography
    A Photographic Post - Pied Wagtail Hi, Today's post is just going to be a selection of photos (sorry), these were all taken Yesterday (Wednesday 11th May) on the patch, but I have a bit of OU Course work that I need to get written so have very litt...
  • A Tale of Three BirdsA Tale of Three Birds - Mute swans with cygnets I've been hitting the patch quite hard recently, every day I have had off I try to head out (family time obviously taking priority), the reasons are fairly obvious when you take into account the time...
  • A Quick Post
    on May 5, 2016 in Bird Manor Farm
    Today's post is going to be very light on the writing, but plenty of photos (well plenty of the same two birds really). Sorry but tired and my other love is about to kick off in the 2nd leg of the Europa League semi final (yes I am a Liverpool FC fan...
  • Beautiful Day
    on May 4, 2016 in Manor Farm
    Beautiful Day - Little Egret in Flight Having finished working my final night shift of the week, at 07:00 this morning, I stepped out of the office doors and was greeted by a beautiful day! The sky was a glorious blue, the sun was shining bright...
  • Introducing the Patch - Cattle FieldsIntroducing the Patch - Cattle Fields Situated all around the old farm buildings (now office buildings and the big Manor Farm house), and looking down over the Flood Plain Forest Nature Reserve itself (main Lakes, Manor Farm Pits etc.), the Cattle F...
  • Warbler WonderlandWarbler Wonderland - Pied Wagtail A Lack of decent photos (Not sure what has happened this week) and a lack of motivation to write this week has meant no blog posts even though I have been out every day this week, so far, so it's another round up p...
  • A MEGA Round-upA MEGA Round-up I've not had the energy, inclination to post the last time I walked the patch (Back issues again) but as I was forced to pop onto the patch today, when I should have been sleeping between night shifts (more on that later) I thought...
  • Something UnexpectedSomething Unexpected - Robin After convincing Zoe that she should got to work early for some overtime (I'm kidding of course) she was in a good mood after the little lady got our chosen middle school (or whatever it is they are called these days) I...
  • Rainy DaysRainy Days - Lapwing Rainy days, like today, remind me that I am never one to be accused of being a fair weather birder. As the rain steadily dripped down form the sparkling green leaves of the soaking wet trees, I headed out onto the patch to see...
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