One of the greatest things you can have as a child is a love of the natural world. To have the capacity to find joy in a ladybird, to love the song of a bird or to appreciate a seed floating gently past on the wind is vital to a healthy outlook on life. Okay, in Orkney you can forget the gentle wind.
Forty years ago I was busy 12 year old keeping nature notebooks of everything I identified and some of the things that I didn’t. Here’s my entry for forty years ago today 11 August 1976:
On Westray’s beaches there are lots of Dog Whelk shells, and yes, they are very thick and some of them are toothed on the inside.
They have beautiful spiral sculpturing.
Forty years ago today, on 11 August 1976, I was 12 years old, my family were on holiday in South Wales, and I ... Read more
Forty years ago I was scouring the beaches at Tenby looking for any interesting living creatures. As is so common, I only found ... Read more