Tawny Predates Jackdaw Chicks

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SCENES OF PREDATION Our Tawny Box at Yew View was set up 2 years ago and the resident tawny pair have shown a lot of interest early in the… Continue reading

Tawny Appearance at Silver Trees

Whenever I have time, I love heading up to Silver Trees caravan Park, a private site, on the edge of Cannock Chase. This very special place is heaving with wildlife and Rob Winstanley,… Continue reading

May in the WildlifeKate Patch….

I have been working hard in the garden for the last few months, especially on the redevelopment of an area beyond my patio. For over 12 years, I had kept two pygmy goats… Continue reading

It’s Buzzing & Crawling at Yew View!

With the warm weather and then wet weather, Yew View was simply bursting with life this week. With so many insects around, I spent an hour with the macro lens, trying to capture… Continue reading

Yew View nests, Kingfishers & Hedgehogs!

There is SO much happening at Yew View that it is difficult to keep up! The warm weather has really kicked things into action and our bee hotels were simply buzzing this week…… Continue reading

New Jackdaw Life in my Patch…

Many of you have been watching my live cameras this week, as the jackdaws eggs have started to hatch. I have had cameras on jackdaw nests before, but in the past they have… Continue reading

Nephew time: Rory and WildlifeKate in Bushy Park

Last weekend, whilst in London for the Blog Awards, I stayed with my brother and his three kids. I love spending time with them, especially as my two are all grown up now!… Continue reading

UK Blog Awards Evening 2016


I was delighted to be a finalist in the UK Blog Awards this year, for both this WildlifeKate Blog and the blog I write for Michael Drayton Junior school, all about our ‘Wild Learning’. On Friday, my kids and I headed down to London for the Awards Evening. Held at the rather swanky Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster, it was a posh event, requiring me to get out of my usual attire of fleeces and wellies and dress up; a rare event indeed!

With drinks flowing a-plenty and lots of lovely fingers foods appearing, we were soon mingling with all the other bloggers and brands at the event.

Before we knew it, the dry ice was flowing and we were all moving into the large room where the winners were to be announced . Kate Russell introduced the evening and started to work through all the different categories… it was all very exciting!

We soon got to the Education section and Diane, my Head Teacher and I were delighted to find we were Highly Commended!!

Exciting Yew View Otter Update!

We have been getting some great Bushnell footage from the otter holt at Yew View. After the last flood that meant we lost two trail cams and the holt disappeared, I was not… Continue reading

New Life Growing in my Patch…

Thought I would squeeze in a quick update from my patch! I have been really busy over the last few weeks and, although I have been watching my cameras and my jackdaw nest… Continue reading