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.


  • 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
  • What is Geocaching

    What Geocaching

    Zoe and Bubs in the rain looking for a cache (We still haven't found this one)Eagle eyed views may have noticed a new item on the newly designed site -... Read more

    Posted on 15 September 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Mini Heatwave

    Mini Heatwave

    Common Buzzard in FlightAfter waxing lyrical on the death of summer in my last post (Summer Has Gone) I've been made to look a fool as England has been hit by... Read more

    Posted on 13 September 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream - Review

    Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream - Review It's not something many walkers, naturalists, birders or general outdoors type folk speak about but I think it is time t... Read more

    Posted on 11 September 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Summer Has Gone

    Summer Has Gone - Canada Goose in Flight I'm not sure if it is the blackberry laden brambles, whose sweet smelling fruit attracts late bees and kids alike, as... Read more

    Posted on 09 September 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Ruff Close Encounters

    Ruff Close Encounters - Great Crested Grebe With some heavy afternoon and overnight rain I was hoping that the patch (Manor Farm - I can't bring myself to cal... Read more

    Posted on 28 August 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Britains Birds - Review

    Britain's Birds - Review (Cover image) Britain's Birds by Rob Hume, Robert Still, Andy Swash, Hugh Harrop & David Tipling | 560 pages | Wild Guides | Paperback ... Read more

    Posted on 27 August 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Herons in the Sun

    Herons in the Sun It was hot today, probably too hot to really hit the patch hard, but never the less, with the grand opening of the nature reserve scheduled... Read more

    Posted on 24 August 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Birdfair 2016

    Birdfair 2016 - Our Raffle Draw I had the weekend booked of of work, this past weekend (19th to 21st August 2016), I booked it last year if I'm honest, so... Read more

    Posted on 23 August 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Hen Harrier Day 2016

    Hen Harrier Day 2016 Image courtesy of Wino Wendy's Wildlife World Hen Harriers, enigmatic skydancers who, should, rule the skies of British moorland. A rapto... Read more

    Posted on 07 August 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • A Walk Amongst The Butterflies

    A Walk Amongst the Butterflies We have just had the two hottest days of the year, back to back, and let me be honest with you here, with temperatures hot... Read more

    Posted on 21 July 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Introducing the Patch - Millennium Bridge

    Introducing the Patch - Millennium Bridge The Millennium Bridge was built around the start of the 21st century (as far as I remember it was finished a bit... Read more

    Posted on 04 July 2016 ENVIRONMENT
  • Last June Jaunt

    Last June Jaunt I have to be honest June is one of my least busy months on the patch front at the best of times, the birding drops right off with so many bird... Read more

    Posted on 01 July 2016 ENVIRONMENT