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.


  • 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
  • 2500 Miles Feb Update

    2500 Miles Update

    So February has come to a close, and it wasn't quite as successful as January was in terms of miles clocked up or donations received, but I have surpassed a... Read more

    Posted on 28 February 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • 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