‘If you stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable,’ Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
This website is an introductory guide to the common species of wildlife found in Britain’s gardens, parks and nature reserves.
The evolutionary process has taken millennia to develop, yet many days we can walk past the hedgerows without a glance at the leaves of the nettle and bramble where butterflies and dragonflies bask in the sun and feed on nectar from the flowers.
An increase in population and the need for land for food and housing has led to a decline in the countryside. Even the population of the common species of wildlife are in decline. However, there is still so much to see and if we begin to appreciate the sight of a mallard duck taking her ducklings for a swim or the frost on the dock leaves in winter we will value them as our natural neighbours and look for ways to live alongside them instead of in conflict with them.
I hope you enjoy this collection of photographs and it motivates you to take a look around your neighbourhood. You never know what you might discover…