These pages are designed to inform country walkers in the south east of England about what is around them in the natural world throughout the year. They tell you exactly what flowers, fruits, berries, birds or butterflies you can expect to see in any particular month, and so will hopefully help you narrow your search when identifying something you do not know.
If you are new to nature spotting, there is a Beginner's Guide with tips on how to get started, and a guide to Nature Books and Online Tools. The Nature Blog gives you a nature tip for this week, and the Week by Week page gives one for (nearly) each week of the year. The Where to find wild flowers page tells you which walks and what time of year is best for seeing some of the more spectacular displays, while Where to find butterflies outlines the 32 species that you are likely to see on walks in the south east.
The monthly pages then go into much more detail, and each have photostreams to illustrate some of the key flowers, shrubs, trees, birds and butterflies mentioned. Holding your cursor over any photo will give you a caption, and a link at the top of the page gives you you access to a flickr site with many more nature photos.
Learning to identify flowers, trees or birdsong takes a bit of work, but it really is worth it. Once you know what you are looking at, every country walk becomes full of interest. Your eyes are opened to the amazing variety of life around you, and you become much more atuned to the changing seasons.
There is also a Weather section, a whimsical attempt to reduce the unpredictable English weather to some kind of pattern. Within that, you can find a month by month account of what to expect along with a record of the weather in past years.
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