This blog is now closed with all future posts now being found at our new online home at rambling nature. Many thanks for visiting us here and we look forward to catching up with you all at our new website (ramblingnature.wordpress.com).

About

Hello and warm welcome to my blog, a quiet little corner of the internet where I can keep my nature and countryside notes in a safe location online, as well as providing a medium to share my observations with other like-minded people whom share my love for the natural world, natural history, authentic rural heritage and the British countryside. I have lived in the countryside of both the North and East Riding's of Yorkshire for over 30 years, and whilst I do not hail from this vast and varied county, I have nevertheless proudly adopted t' broad acres of Yorkshire as my home. However having had the privilege to live and travel all around this wonderful island nation of ours I have a great affection for many other corners of rural Britain as well, especially the dramatic and rugged landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, in particular the relatively unspoilt Ardnamurchan peninsula and Wester Ross, as well as the green hills and lush mountains of northern Wales, the birding meccas of Norfolk and the Northern Isles, and even the bleak and deserted hills of the Scottish Borders and the Lothian Pentlands, the latter having been my home for a number of years during my youth.

I first started to keep an online blog in December 2010, a great time to have started as the month proved to be one of the most memorable winter months in living memory, the East Yorkshire countryside becoming firmly held in winters grasp with temperatures dipping below -10 C and a foot of snow covering the woods and fields surrounding Woldgarth (the assumed name of the family home near the market town of Beverley). However I have kept irregular nature and weather diaries since I was about eleven, and since 2006 have managed to keep an almost nearly continuous day-to-day record of the weather and the natural occurrences which I observe around our home or during country rambles further afield. Whilst admittedly these may be of little interest or consequence to anyone beyond myself, they are nevertheless among my most prized possessions.

Enjoying a spring woodland near to our home

Admiring the snowbound Wolds in December 2010

Through my first blog, which was titled 'The Wold Ranger', I had the great fortune of sharing my nature notes and country journals with other bloggers and individuals, many of whom subsequently became firm friends, and whom to this day I still keep in regular contact with. Indeed the Wold Ranger certainly opened up several opportunities for me, and during the four years of its existent I was humbled by requests to appear on local radio, be the subject of interviews and even asked to do public speaking for a few local natural history groups. However since my inherent nature is most certainly not to seek attention, I decided to close the blog and took a break from blogging and all social media, a then renewed interest in industrial heritage and the acquisition of a second home in the beautiful Esk Valley of the North York Moors giving me the perfect excuse to concentrate on other things for a while. However in 2016 I decided to start this new nature blog, the name of which changed a number of times before I finally settled for the 'Woldgarth' moniker by which it is now known. Whether you find this new e-journal of any interest is debatable but since I am most grateful for any readers may I take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to visit, and please come back and visit us again soon, you will always be most warmly welcomed here at Woldgarth.

Exploring the countryside around Raindale during high summer

A beautiful Red Kite soaring above the Yorkshire Wolds

Photography - All images on this blog, unless stated otherwise, have been taken by me and are therefore considered to be my property. Please do not reproduce any images contained within without first asking permission. As regards my cameras I use a wide variety of equipment, though my main nature kit currently consists of a Canon EOS 7D (Mark I), a 400 mm f5.6 L and a 100 mm f2.8 L. For general walk round photography I currently favour my Nikon D90 and either a 18-105 mm or 70-300 mm lens, though I also utilise a Panasonic Lumix FZ45 when I want to travel light. I also dabble with digiscoping from time to time using a Panasonic GF2 with my Swarovski ATS 80 HD, or sometimes simply by holding my camera phone up to the eyepiece should I have no camera with me. Whilst I do enjoy photography I nevertheless considered myself a naturalist & countryman first and foremost.

Turnstone (Canon 7D, 400 mm f5.6 L)

Marbled White (Canon 7D, 100 mm f2.8 L)

Gannet pair (Canon 7D, 400mm f5.6 L)

Common Blue (Canon 7D, 100 mm f2.8 L).

Juvenile Whinchat (Nikon D90, 70-300 mm f4.5-5.6)