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.


  • Tring to Milton Keynes Canal Walk

    Tring Milton Keynes Canal Walk

    Disclaimer - Photo Heavy post.Sometimes pushing your body to its limits is a pain worth having, it is with that in mind that I set out yesterday (I needed to... Read more

    Posted on 22 September 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Willows in the Wind

    Willows Wind

    With storm Eileen barrelling through the UK in the early hours of Wednesday morning, with winds in excess of 40 miles per hour; and continued powerful winds... Read more

    Posted on 14 September 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Where Are All the Birds

    Where Birds

    The low bellowing of one of the local bullocks, carried on the light winds up the Ouse Valley as I took an early morning stroll around the patch today. Read more

    Posted on 12 September 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Leaving The Shire

    Leaving Shire

    "Not all those who wander are lost"I didn't meet a single Elf or Dwarf along the winding root, and there was certainly no fighting Orks or Nazgul but my walks... Read more

    Posted on 07 September 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • 2500 Miles Aug Update

    2500 Miles Update

    August was another good month, feel like I am back on track with the walking and also had a few nice donations so that side felt back on track too, one of the... Read more

    Posted on 05 September 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Back to the Patch

    Back Patch

    Layers of moisture filled the air, as I headed back onto the patch after a summer hiatus, the light spots of rain nothing compared to the heavy, sticky, liquid... Read more

    Posted on 04 September 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Walking To Work

    Walking Work

    Most mornings you will find me walking to work, with 2500 miles to cover this year it helps the total a lot, but once in a while I have to work from a different... Read more

    Posted on 30 August 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • A Mixed Day at Willen Lake

    Mixed Willen Lake

    Some days you head out of the house with a plan laid out, only for things to change while you are on your travels; Today was one of those days as we had a... Read more

    Posted on 26 August 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • An Afternoon Forage

    Afternoon Forage

    Wednesday (yes posing a little late) we decided on a large breakfast at the local pub, and then to head out for an afternoon forage around the river, it was... Read more

    Posted on 25 August 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Coleman Mosedale 5 Tent - Review

    Coleman Mosedale Tent Review

    The plan for 2017 was to get out camping with the family, outdoor adventures for all of us. For Zoe and Bubs this would be new experiences, for Tubs a common... Read more

    Posted on 23 August 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Birdfair Camping

    Birdfair Camping

    I'm actually quite amazed that there are no other blog posts out there about Birdfair camping, well none I could find, if you've written one let me know! Read more

    Posted on 22 August 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Birdfair 2017 Weekend

    Birdfair 2017 Weekend

    It's that time of year again where you get a post (or two) from my Birdfair 2017 Weekend, those 4 days (we start on the Thursday) spent volunteering on the... Read more

    Posted on 21 August 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Fitbit Blaze - Review

    Fitbit Blaze Review

    When the strap of my Fitbit HR started bubbling for the second time (it was replace just under a year ago for the sane reason) I swiftly contacted the company... Read more

    Posted on 13 August 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • 2500 Miles July Update

    2500 Miles July Update

    I've managed to up my walking once more, leaving the bus behind on my work journey's and walking instead, but haven't got out on long nature walks half as much... Read more

    Posted on 02 August 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Tattenhoe Dragons

    Tattenhoe Dragons

    There are areas of Milton Keynes that I return to time, and time again, like Oakhill Wood, and just like that Tattenhoe Park is fast becoming one of those areas... Read more

    Posted on 20 July 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Butterfly Hunt Oakhill Woods

    Butterfly Hunt Oakhill Woods

    I've grown to love Oakhill woods recently, not just because it is one of (if not the) best local site for watching butterflies lazily drifting down on the... Read more

    Posted on 17 July 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • 2500 Miles June Update

    2500 Miles June Update

    June was yet another poor month (and so far July has followed suit) in terms of walking, I had a few days out, but my mileage is way down on where I wanted it t... Read more

    Posted on 11 July 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Grey and Overcast

    Grey Overcast

    After the heatwaves of last week the weather this week has taken a rather greyer turn for the worst, sadly the mugginess is still there, but recently it has bee... Read more

    Posted on 01 July 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Butterfly and Dragonfly Walk

    Butterfly Dragonfly Walk

    After a couple of tip offs of some great butterfly and dragonfly areas in areas I've not really walked before (or at least not for a very long time), I headed... Read more

    Posted on 20 June 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX Hiking Shoes - Review

    Salomon Ultra Hiking Shoes Review

    Sometimes an offer comes along that is too good to resist, and it happened to me very recently when I was contacted by Millet Sports offering me the... Read more

    Posted on 19 June 2017 ENVIRONMENT