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.


  • 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
  • Willen Lake Walk

    Willen Lake Walk

    As I hopped off the No.8 bus the thick layer of white clouds parted to reveal the golden orb of the sun, a good omen I thought, as I began to walk the short pat... Read more

    Posted on 17 November 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Types of Geocache

    Types Geocache

    As a family we are big fans of the treasure hunting game Geocaching, hunting out hidden treasures with the use of the GPS system, our mobile phones and a handy... Read more

    Posted on 12 November 2016 OUTDOORS
  • Stonechat Obsession Continues

    Stonechat Obsession Continues

    A vibrant, rusty orange chest leads up to a chocolate brown head, colours that match the falling leaves that slowly drift to the ground from the autumn trees,... Read more

    Posted on 10 November 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Winter is Coming

    Winter Coming

    Tiny white diamonds sparkled in the grass as I left the house today; the heaviest frost of the year, so far, had blanketed the area in a thick white layer,... Read more

    Posted on 08 November 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Introducing the Patch - Wild Flower Meadow

    Introducing Patch Wild Flower Meadow

    The Wild Flower Meadow is part of the Ouse Valley park system and sits between the Grand Union Canal and the Main Pits of the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve... Read more

    Posted on 05 November 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Through the Mists

    Through Mists

    I was greeted by a wall of white and orange as I opened my front door this morning. A thick mist, barely letting the golden leaves of autumn through its deep,... Read more

    Posted on 01 November 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Geocaching Wolverton and New Bradwell

    Geocaching Wolverton Bradwell

    Getting outdoors doesn't always mean heading off in to the wilds of the British countryside, no matter how much I wish it did, sometimes, just being out in the... Read more

    Posted on 30 October 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Tring Station to Ivinghoe Beacon Circular Walk

    Tring Station Ivinghoe Beacon Circular Walk

    After having queued, to buy the tickets, for what seemed an eternity, and missing our first train by mere seconds, we eventually found ourselves sitting on a... Read more

    Posted on 23 October 2016 ENVIRONMENT