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.


  • Birdfair 2017 Weekend

    Birdfair 2017 Weekend

    It's that time of year again where you get a post (or two) from my Birdfair 2017 Weekend, those 4 days (we start on the Thursday) spent volunteering on the... Read more

    Posted on 21 August 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Fitbit Blaze - Review

    Fitbit Blaze Review

    When the strap of my Fitbit HR started bubbling for the second time (it was replace just under a year ago for the sane reason) I swiftly contacted the company... Read more

    Posted on 13 August 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • 2500 Miles July Update

    2500 Miles July Update

    I've managed to up my walking once more, leaving the bus behind on my work journey's and walking instead, but haven't got out on long nature walks half as much... Read more

    Posted on 02 August 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Tattenhoe Dragons

    Tattenhoe Dragons

    There are areas of Milton Keynes that I return to time, and time again, like Oakhill Wood, and just like that Tattenhoe Park is fast becoming one of those areas... Read more

    Posted on 20 July 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Butterfly Hunt Oakhill Woods

    Butterfly Hunt Oakhill Woods

    I've grown to love Oakhill woods recently, not just because it is one of (if not the) best local site for watching butterflies lazily drifting down on the... Read more

    Posted on 17 July 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • 2500 Miles June Update

    2500 Miles June Update

    June was yet another poor month (and so far July has followed suit) in terms of walking, I had a few days out, but my mileage is way down on where I wanted it t... Read more

    Posted on 11 July 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Grey and Overcast

    Grey Overcast

    After the heatwaves of last week the weather this week has taken a rather greyer turn for the worst, sadly the mugginess is still there, but recently it has bee... Read more

    Posted on 01 July 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Butterfly and Dragonfly Walk

    Butterfly Dragonfly Walk

    After a couple of tip offs of some great butterfly and dragonfly areas in areas I've not really walked before (or at least not for a very long time), I headed... Read more

    Posted on 20 June 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX Hiking Shoes - Review

    Salomon Ultra Hiking Shoes Review

    Sometimes an offer comes along that is too good to resist, and it happened to me very recently when I was contacted by Millet Sports offering me the... Read more

    Posted on 19 June 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Hunting Hornets and Spotted Orchids

    Hunting Hornets Spotted Orchids

    With the sun shining, and temperatures rising, I headed to the woods for a spot of butterfly watching, Howe Park wood, as regulars will have seen mention of... Read more

    Posted on 15 June 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • 2500 Miles May Update

    2500 Miles Update

    May has been another quiet month I'm afraid, just about doing enough to keep up what needs to be done and mainly a few patch walks and walks to work rather... Read more

    Posted on 14 June 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Chattering Masses

    Chattering Masses

    Some days striking moments pull you in and just grab your attention, holding you in their hand, absorbed within the joyous occasion, as they unfold around you. Read more

    Posted on 12 June 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Konik Horses - 30 Days Wild - Day 2

    Konik Horses Days Wild

    As mentioned in yesterday's post we are trying to take part in the Wildlife Trusts #30DaysWild campaign, it's all about trying to do something wild in nature... Read more

    Posted on 02 June 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Stonepit Fields

    Stonepit Fields

    Stonepit Field is possibly the premier insect site in Milton Keynes, but not only that it has a colony of Small Blue butterfly, a butterfly I have not... Read more

    Posted on 01 June 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • Sunny Patch Walk

    Sunny Patch Walk

    Having fallen behind a little in my posting this post covers yesterday's sunny patch work, sadly today I am sat at work in my windowless office, well technicall... Read more

    Posted on 26 May 2017 ENVIRONMENT
  • 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