Ashley Crombet-Beolens


Wildlife and nature blogger from Milton Keynes, with reviews and posts on encouraging childrens love of wildlife as well as many nature photographs.


  • Views From An Urban Lake

    Wildlife and nature photography blog with lots of great photos, tales of nature walks, reviews and posts on encouraging childrens love of nature.


  • Sheppy Birding

    Sheppy Birding

    Whenever I visit my old man we try to get out for a spot of birding at least once, our day this time round was a day out in search of owls and raptors at one... Read more

    Posted on 20 February 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Sandwich to Deal Walk

    Sandwich Deal Walk

    With a few days off for half term the family and I headed to the south for a grandparent visit in Kent, and what better way to spend on of those days than with ... Read more

    Posted on 19 February 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Buff Marine Birds - Review

    Buff Marine Birds Review

    It was snowing the other afternoon as I walked to pick my daughter up from school, and there I was wrapped in my Berghaus jacket, North Ridge hat, and my brand... Read more

    Posted on 13 February 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • North West Milton Keynes Circular Walk

    North West Milton Keynes Circular Walk

    Stepping out of the car park you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the heart of the countryside, Blue and Great tits were singing and calling and a... Read more

    Posted on 10 February 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Pintails and People

    Pintails People

    A clear, starry, sky overnight led to a beautiful bright morning with a crisp frosty crunch underfoot. Heading out into the Ouse Valley, with a stunning blue sk... Read more

    Posted on 07 February 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Milton Keynes Three Lake Walk

    Milton Keynes Three Lake Walk

    As a small child I remember sitting inside school at wet playtime, watching as the rain drops splashed down heavily in the puddles outside, dreamily staring as... Read more

    Posted on 01 February 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • 2500 Miles Jan Update

    2500 Miles Update

    Well that is month one coming to an end (OK there are a few hours left, but I'm not planning on walking very much more, bar to my bed, and maybe the kitchen... Read more

    Posted on 31 January 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Frosts, Mists and Frozen Lakes

    Frosts, Mists Frozen Lakes

    With ice thickening over much of the lakes of the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve, there is less and less open water, and those small patches that still... Read more

    Posted on 26 January 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Stony Stratford Sunday Walk

    Stony Stratford Sunday Walk

    Lazy Sunday mornings, relaxing at home, coffee on, slobbing out, still in your pyjamas, waiting for the Sunday roast to be cooked, smells of home baking, maybe... Read more

    Posted on 22 January 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Sparkling Frost

    Sparkling Frost

    A cacophony of noise hit me as I arrived at the nature reserve, as dozens of Canada Geese took to the air, in noisy, honking, flights, leaving the frozen... Read more

    Posted on 20 January 2017 OUTDOORS
  • Then The Rain Came Down

    Then Rain Came Down

    Steady rain drummed on my window this morning, but after a couple of days without much walking, I knew I needed to get out to get a few miles under my belt for... Read more

    Posted on 15 January 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Taking My Breath Away

    Taking Breath Away

    As a wildlife watcher there are spectacles I have seen that have taken my breath away, from thousands of Pink-footed geese taking to flight in the setting sun,... Read more

    Posted on 12 January 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Week One of My 2500 Mile Challenge

    Week 2500 Mile Challenge

    Well I have completed my first week of walking for my 2500 mile challenge through 2017, and it's been OK, nothing spectacular but a steady week. Read more

    Posted on 08 January 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • I'm Walking 2500 Miles in 2017 for Birding For All

    Walking 2500 Miles 2017 Birding

    I've mentioned it in a couple of posts and gave a brief outline in my 2017 The Year Ahead post but I thought a dedicated post to my main goal of 2017, a real... Read more

    Posted on 05 January 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • First Patch Walk of 2017

    First Patch Walk 2017

    After dropping the little lady at school for the first time this year I thought what better way to spend my first child free time in weeks out on the patch,... Read more

    Posted on 04 January 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • First Geocaching of 2017

    First Geocaching 2017

    I've got a lot of miles to walk this year, if you've read my post 2017 the Year Ahead you'll know why, but in case not I'm walking 2500 miles this year to... Read more

    Posted on 03 January 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • 2017 The Year Ahead

    2017 Year Ahead

    I've had a bad December, a number of minor illnesses in the family unit, Christmas holidays and quite a bit of overtime, have kind of stifled my outdoors... Read more

    Posted on 01 January 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Embracing The Frost

    Embracing Frost

    Millions of tiny diamonds spread out across the grassy fields of the Ouse Valley this morning, Jack frost had been busy with his frozen paint brush overnight,... Read more

    Posted on 29 November 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Berghaus Torridon Reversible Jacket - Review

    Berghaus Torridon Reversible Jacket Review

    I’m sure many of you here, reading this, will have read my previous review of my Berghaus coat (it is by far my biggest “hit” on google), well recently I was... Read more

    Posted on 28 November 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • After The Rains

    After Rains

    For the last two days the rains have fallen from the heavens in near biblical proportions, breaks in the downpour have been few and far between as weeks worth o... Read more

    Posted on 23 November 2016 ENVIRONMENT