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.


  • Uninspiring Grey

    Uninspiring Grey

    White, formless clouds filled the sky spreading dull, shadowless light across the land, hiding all texture and artistry in the landscape around me. Read more

    Posted on 20 October 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Soundscapes and Memories

    Soundscapes Memories

    The soundscape of the patch was one of autumn today, the metallic trill of multiple Skylarks as they passed overhead on their journey to places unknown, the sof... Read more

    Posted on 19 October 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • A Quiet Day


    After putting in a 60 hour stint at work over the last 5 days I was in desperate need of a recharge, and as I've said in the past nature is my recharge point, s... Read more

    Posted on 17 October 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Regatta Mens Action Trousers - Review

    Regatta Mens Action Trousers Review

    Finding a comfortable pair of trousers to wear while out walking isn't always as easy as it sounds, there are elements you have to consider, you don't want... Read more

    Posted on 15 October 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • A Cold Crispness

    Cold Crispness

    Brilliant sunshine sparkled in the large drops of water, hanging heavily from the dew soaked blackthorn leaves and frost tinged grass, low mist clung to the... Read more

    Posted on 11 October 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • The Outrun by Amy Liptrot - Review

    Outrun Liptrot Review

    The Outrun by Amy Liptrot | 280 pages | Canon Gate | Paperback | 2016 | ISBN: 978-1-78211-548-9|Winner of the WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2016 and shortlisted for the... Read more

    Posted on 08 October 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • A Dull Day on the Patch

    Dull Patch

    Grey days like today are a real struggle, the drama often isn't in the skies as photographers like myself would like, but there is little light to photograph th... Read more

    Posted on 07 October 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Introducing the Patch - Main Pits

    Introducing Patch Main Pits

    The Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve in Milton Keynes, also known as Manor Farm, has two sets of pits the Stilt Pits and the Main pits, the main pits are sat... Read more

    Posted on 06 October 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Unexpected Surprises

    Unexpected Surprises

    Light mist puddled in dips and hollows of the sheep fields, while the skies above were a crystal clear blue, heavy dew and a very mild frost, only noticeable... Read more

    Posted on 03 October 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Geocaching in Campbell Park

    Geocaching Campbell Park

    After last weekends successful geocaching the Cosgrove canal, we decided to spend another Sunday in similar pursuit, this time Geocaching in Campbell Park,... Read more

    Posted on 02 October 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Old Guys Rule T-Shirt - Review

    Guys Rule T-Shirt Review

    Now it isn't often I'd review a single T-Shirt that has no special functionality, but I love Old Guys Rule stuff, so thought why not give them a free plug, and... Read more

    Posted on 01 October 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • A Chill in the Air


    There was a real nip to the wind today as I wandered the patch, the sun was doing her best to fight back the autumnal chill in the air and when I found a... Read more

    Posted on 30 September 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Beautiful Day


    Today was a lovely day to be out on the patch, the sun was beating down, the temperature warm, in fact the only negative was a distinct lack of birds. Read more

    Posted on 28 September 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Geocaching Cosgrove Canal

    Geocaching Cosgrove Canal

    Waking to the sound of heavy rain, as it drummed on the velux window of my third floor bedroom, I worried instantly that the kids would decide it was too wet... Read more

    Posted on 25 September 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Poweradd Pilot 2GS 10000mAh Charger - Review

    Poweradd Pilot 10000mAh Charger Review

    As a birder/walker/outdoors loving type of person, and more importantly type of family, we like to spend long days outside in the open air, and with that comes ... Read more

    Posted on 24 September 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Noise


    Sitting in the Iron Trunk hide today I was shocked by the amount of noise that an area, which at first looks very peaceful and tranquil, like the Floodplain... Read more

    Posted on 22 September 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Mental Health and Nature

    Mental Health Nature

    Memories, there are some that will stay with you for life, while others fade with time. Sadly the bad ones tend to linger longer than the good, and when I... Read more

    Posted on 20 September 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Light Rain

    Light Rain

    The first light drops of rain had started to fall as I headed out this morning, occasional delicate drops spotted my waterproof coat as I walked, large enough t... Read more

    Posted on 19 September 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Introducing the Patch - Stilt Pits

    Introducing Patch Stilt Pits

    Nestled at the Eastern end of the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve (the end nearest the viaduct and Haversham road car park). The Stilt pits are so called due t... Read more

    Posted on 18 September 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • After School Blackberry Picking

    After School Blackberry Picking

    Hands, both large and age worn, and small and delicate, snake past dangerously sharp thorns as they reach deep into the thick, tangled, bramble, seeking out... Read more

    Posted on 16 September 2016 ENVIRONMENT, PARENTING