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.


  • A Tale of Two Woods

    Tale Woods

    Wednesday 24th May I decided to go off my usual patch for a spot of searching for butterflies, the sun was out, the temperature is up and I thought it felt... Read more

    Posted on 25 May 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Combining Posts

    Combining Posts

    Due to illness (not mine) it's been a while since I've been out either on the patch or further afield, today I finally made it out for a morning stroll around... Read more

    Posted on 23 May 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Just Some Bird Photos

    Just Some Bird Photos

    Not feeling like writing much today, but wanted to share my photos from today anyway so here they are. all photographed at the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve... Read more

    Posted on 05 May 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Flat White Skies

    Flat White Skies

    It never feels like much is going to happen when you look out of the window and all you can see is flat white skies; from a photographers point of view the ligh... Read more

    Posted on 04 May 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Reebok Yourflex Train 8.0 - Review

    Reebok Yourflex Train Review

    I’ve been hitting the pavements more this year than ever before, what do I mean, well in my goal to reach 2500 miles in 2017 I have been walking much more aroun... Read more

    Posted on 02 May 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • 2500 Miles April Update

    2500 Miles April Update

    One thing is for sure April was not my best month of walking! I am still ahead of schedule, but I am slowing right down, doesn't help that I had a bit of illnes... Read more

    Posted on 01 May 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Wonderful Warblers

    Wonderful Warblers

    The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, or so the saying goes, well, my plans for today were an early start to attempt to catch sunrise, and be out o... Read more

    Posted on 27 April 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Snow in April

    Snow April

    Seriously what is going on with the weather? I woke up yesterday morning looked out the window and was greeted by beautiful blue skies, brilliant I though to... Read more

    Posted on 26 April 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • A Couple of Hours on the Patch

    Couple Hours Patch

    With crystal clear blue skies above as I performed the school run this morning, I was eager to get out on the patch today, but sadly I had to wait in for a... Read more

    Posted on 18 April 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Country Innovations Raptor Smock - Review

    Country Innovations Raptor Smock Review

    I'm sure I am not alone as someone who struggles when temperatures hit a certain level, not too cold, but not yet warm enough for wandering around in t-shirts,... Read more

    Posted on 12 April 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Spring Patch Walk

    Spring Patch Walk

    Crystal clear, endless, blue skies stretched out across Milton Keynes today, and I hadn't been for a patch walk in ages, so what better way to spend my morning... Read more

    Posted on 06 April 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • 2500 Miles March Update

    2500 Miles March Update

    Another month has passed so time for my monthly 2500 miles update, March was an odd month, I had some epic walks but also quite a few "off" days. Read more

    Posted on 03 April 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Milton Keynes Parks Trust 25 Mile Challenge Walk

    Milton Keynes Parks Trust Mile Challenge Walk

    Large drops of rain speckled my coat, turning the uniform grey into a polka-dot patchwork of different shades, as I stood at the bus stop, awaiting the arrival... Read more

    Posted on 30 March 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Campbell Park to Willen Lake Circular Walk

    Campbell Park Willen Lake Circular Walk

    Milton Keynes has, as I hope I have shown in all my recent walks, some stunning areas for a hike, often these involve the outskirts of the town, but today I... Read more

    Posted on 21 March 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Vernal Equinox

    Vernal Equinox

    From here on out the days start to be longer than the nights, yup, today is officially the first day of Spring, the vernal equinox, and you could really tell, a... Read more

    Posted on 20 March 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • London Open Top Bus Tour

    London Open Tour

    Now I know this isn't as wildlife focused as most of my posts are, and I apologise for that, but it was outdoors, and well to be quite frank I took some nice... Read more

    Posted on 19 March 2017 SELF EXPRESSION
  • Floodplain Forest to Linford Lakes Circular Walk

    Floodplain Forest Linford Lakes Circular Walk

    With 2500 miles to walk this year, I have been looking to increase my walks on certain days (I get a free Thursday to myself once a month, and I'm making the... Read more

    Posted on 09 March 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • The Start of Spring

    Start Spring

    Blue skies stretched out across the Ouse Valley, a picture of azure punctured by the occasional fluffy white cloud. While the sky looked like mid summer a cold... Read more

    Posted on 06 March 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Not Much


    The wind was whipping across the Ouse Valley, cold and purposeful; The clouds scudding across the sky, creating fast moving patches of sunlight; Trees bent and... Read more

    Posted on 02 March 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Fenny Stratford to Old Wolverton Grand Union Canal Walk

    Fenny Stratford Wolverton Grand Union Canal Walk

    The smell of smoke from the many wood burning stoves; crab apples litter the path, being pecked at by Blackbirds and other Thrush; Moorhen bob their way across... Read more

    Posted on 01 March 2017 ENVIRONMENT