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.


  • 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
  • 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