Wednesday July 06 2022



Village Nature Diary

Mary Green writes a regular Nature Diary in The Village magazine, observing the changing features of the wildlife and landscape and introducing readers to walks around this lovely area. Browse the archive of her monthly reports here.


Food for thought
Posted on February 27 2020 at 2:39:24

Mary Green looks at the way our diets have changed over the years.

What can I do for biodiversity?
Posted on January 29 2020 at 1:25:32

Mary Green provides 10 ways to ‘think global, act local’.

What can we do for wildlife?
Posted on December 19 2019 at 10:29:15

Mary Green suggests ways to help the environment in 2020.

A wildlife year
Posted on November 29 2019 at 1:01:56

Mary Green takes a look back at the ups and downs of our countryside in 2019.

The other harvests
Posted on October 29 2019 at 8:43:58

Mary Green explores the fruits, nuts and fungi of autumn.

Daily bread
Posted on September 30 2019 at 11:31:08

Mary Green gives a guide to different types of grain.

Flowers for the future
Posted on August 30 2019 at 9:45:47

Mary Green explains why wildflower meadows are so important.

Heart of stone
Posted on July 29 2019 at 9:49:36

Mary Green explores an island with a thriving ecosystem.

Earth and water
Posted on June 30 2019 at 12:56:26

Mary Green explains why ‘the answer lies in the soil’.

The name of the rose
Posted on May 30 2019 at 10:00:30

Mary Green explores why we call our flowers by so many names.

Under the spreading chestnut tree
Posted on April 29 2019 at 11:05:04

Mary Green identifies ‘useful’ trees to look out for in May.

Caterpillars and snails
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:28:25

Mary Green reminds us of the important role played by ‘pests’.

Here’s a health to the bird in the bush
Posted on February 25 2019 at 1:47:23

Mary Green praises ‘good’ hedges and the birds that use them.

Plant wisdom
Posted on January 31 2019 at 10:37:49

Mary Green looks at the hidden powers of our plants.

The secrets of ducks
Posted on December 28 2018 at 12:23:14

Mary Green shows why our wildlife is fascinating.

Birch and pine
Posted on November 30 2018 at 2:48:20

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

Dark month, dark trees
Posted on October 30 2018 at 1:16:54

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

As black as any sloe
Posted on September 30 2018 at 12:40:30

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

September harvest
Posted on August 31 2018 at 1:01:19

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

Hazel & heather
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:25:18

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

Prickly heat
Posted on June 30 2018 at 10:51:21

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

King of the woods
Posted on May 29 2018 at 1:36:10

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

Till May be out
Posted on April 30 2018 at 3:00:55

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

The tree of life
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:55:04

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

The tree of balance
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:41:13

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

Willow weaving
Posted on January 30 2018 at 11:56:45

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

The trees of life
Posted on December 31 2017 at 3:26:49

Mary Green starts a new series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

The holly bears a berry
Posted on November 27 2017 at 11:19:18

Mary Green looks at the role of wildlife in our songs and carols.

November shadows
Posted on October 31 2017 at 6:57:16

It’s late autumn now, and the bright colours have muted throughout the countryside. Everything looks brown and grey, especially if we get the foggy days common at this time of year.

Red October
Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:59:15

Mary Green points out the month’s colours.

September gold
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:45:58

Mary Green celebrates the bounty of autumn.

Coast and countryside
Posted on July 31 2017 at 3:10:42

We certainly did have a flaming June this year, and the first part of July. I don’t know what it was about the specific conditions, but the flowering of orchids in the area was the best I’ve ever seen.

Summer days
Posted on June 30 2017 at 11:41:30

Mary Green admires the purple hues of July.

Flaming June
Posted on May 30 2017 at 3:44:44

Mary Green looks at the bright flowers of the early summertime.

Cream of the crop
Posted on April 30 2017 at 9:44:13

Mary Green celebrates the colours of May in meadows and woodland.

Blue haze
Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:28:42

Mary Green takes a closer look at April’s vibrant plant life.

Sunshine yellow
Posted on February 27 2017 at 11:12:22

Mary Green celebrates the return of springlike colour.

White on green
Posted on January 30 2017 at 3:21:08

Mary Green explores the colours and traditions of February.

Colours and shapes
Posted on December 28 2016 at 1:43:56

Mary Green admires the local landscape in January.

Posted on November 28 2016 at 1:50:40

Mary Green explores our native Scots pine, juniper, holly and yew.

Posted on October 31 2016 at 2:15:07

Mary Green describes the wildlife of our roads, canals and footpaths.

Posted on October 03 2016 at 10:37:05

Mary Green explores how to restore the countryside’s balance.

Raise a glass to the countryside
Posted on August 30 2016 at 3:46:22

Mary Green looks at plants that make alcohol – and other things!

Further afield
Posted on July 31 2016 at 2:08:26

Mary Green compares the wildlife of Scotland, Africa and home.

Life by the waters
Posted on June 27 2016 at 12:28:26

Mary Green points out highlights of Bittell and Hopwood.

The beauty of Barnt Green
Posted on May 30 2016 at 11:03:51

Mary Green explores two special wildlife places at the village edge.

Hearts of oak
Posted on April 30 2016 at 2:55:32

Mary Green explains the importance of oak trees in England.

The lost orchards of Tardebigge
Posted on March 31 2016 at 11:32:36

Mary Green gets a glimpse into the village’s fruit-growing past.

Village edge
Posted on February 29 2016 at 3:30:14

Mary Green explores the interesting wildlife of Birches Lane.

Local and special
Posted on January 31 2016 at 1:28:41

Mary Green takes a look at sites protected under the Wildlife Trust.

Special places
Posted on December 23 2015 at 1:49:43

Mary Green points out some of our protected wildlife spots.

A good wild year
Posted on November 30 2015 at 1:15:37

Mary Green looks at festive traditions and reflects on the past months.

Beasts of the fields
Posted on November 02 2015 at 1:31:58

Mary Green looks back at wildlife seen in the past year.

Golden October
Posted on September 29 2015 at 1:46:04

Mary Green enjoys the sights and smells of early autumn.

Harvests good and bad
Posted on September 01 2015 at 3:13:20

Mary Green points out some plants that can kill or cure.

Home and away
Posted on July 28 2015 at 2:40:38

Mary Green compares flora and fauna from both near and far.

The fields time forgot . . .
Posted on June 28 2015 at 11:43:16

Mary Green investigates some ancient meadows and verges.

June blooms
Posted on May 28 2015 at 2:58:54

Mary Green looks at the traditional wildlife of midsummer.

Merry mornings of May
Posted on April 29 2015 at 3:09:34

Mary Green celebrates the turning point between spring and summer.

New starts
Posted on March 30 2015 at 10:35:12

Mary Green explores our symbols of new life in springtime.

Mad March days
Posted on February 28 2015 at 11:35:23

Mary Green celebrates the countryside flora and fauna of early spring.

February ‘fill-dyke’
Posted on February 01 2015 at 2:04:24

Mary Green sheds light on some of our seasonal festivals.

Posted on December 30 2014 at 2:05:02

Mary Green suggests we embrace the changing scenes of life.

Christmas trees
Posted on November 27 2014 at 3:33:25

Mary Green discusses some typical trees of our woodlands.

Top of the poplars
Posted on October 25 2014 at 11:16:03

Mary Green learns more about the history of the black poplar.

Posted on September 29 2014 at 3:40:07

Mary Green celebrates our patchwork landscape of hedged fields.

Parks and gardens
Posted on September 03 2014 at 1:33:43

Mary Green takes a look at the wildlife found in public spaces.

Way out west
Posted on July 25 2014 at 11:39:12

Mary Green reports on summer nature further afield.

Posted on June 29 2014 at 10:22:33

Mary Green seeks flora and fauna along our roadsides.

Posted on May 27 2014 at 2:17:17

Mary Green looks at how villages fit into the wild landscape.

Sounds and scents
Posted on April 21 2014 at 1:25:15

Mary Green describes how we can hear and smell the natural world around us.

Posted on March 21 2014 at 11:29:04

Mary Green discusses the different types of landscape around here.

Posted on February 21 2014 at 12:54:12

Mary Green shows how our waterways are great for wildlife.

Posted on January 25 2014 at 1:54:31

. . . Mary Green ponders the many meanings of the word.

Fire and feast
Posted on November 29 2013 at 1:57:20

Mary Green celebrates the turn of the year with traditional treats.

Posted on October 20 2013 at 2:26:22

Mary Green suggests warming meals with seasonal vegetables.

All in the game
Posted on September 21 2013 at 1:23:34

Mary Green points out some of the wild animals and birds we use as food.

That WAS a summer!
Posted on August 21 2013 at 1:25:59

Mary Green reports on the season’s splendour.

Salt of the earth
Posted on June 24 2013 at 2:15:58

Mary Green explores the importance of salt and sea products.

Full of beans!
Posted on May 21 2013 at 12:27:19

Mary Green enjoys the abundance of pulses and herbs during summertime.

Fields of gold
Posted on April 21 2013 at 1:40:17

Mary Green points out some more ways to enjoy cooking and eating seasonal foods.

The staff of life
Posted on March 19 2013 at 3:38:33

Mary Green explores the importance of arable land and its different grain crops.

Fasting, feasting &  foraging
Posted on February 17 2013 at 11:47:17

Mary Green describes some local plants that can be used to make tasty dishes.

The fat of the land
Posted on January 14 2013 at 2:21:28

Mary Green examines the links between the countryside, the weather and our food.

Ash green. . .
Posted on November 23 2012 at 2:42:07

Mary Green ponders problems for wildlife and a troubled tree.

The beasts of the field
Posted on October 21 2012 at 11:40:56

Mary Green explains the importance of pastoral farming.

Fruits of the earth
Posted on September 18 2012 at 2:09:24

Mary Green finds a reason to praise the wet summer. . .

Daisy, daisy. . .
Posted on August 18 2012 at 1:10:25

Mary Green introduces members of the daisy family.

Inside and out
Posted on June 29 2012 at 11:32:19

Mary Green braves the elements to visit woods and gardens.

A rose by any other name
Posted on May 24 2012 at 2:16:26

Mary Green discusses the roots of our names for plants.

Making a bee-line
Posted on April 21 2012 at 2:02:00

Mary Green explains the importance of hedges for our insects.

Rocks & trees: Abberley and Woodbury hills
Posted on March 20 2012 at 3:45:17

Mary Green heads for the hills to find abundant plant life.

Buried treasure
Posted on February 22 2012 at 11:54:38

Mary Green looks at some British plants that flower from bulbs.

Country matters
Posted on January 15 2012 at 2:38:17

Mary Green explores a new angle in her 2012 Nature Diary.

Bird is the word
Posted on November 26 2011 at 2:48:51

Mary Green introduces some of our feathered friends.

Reserved for the future
Posted on October 19 2011 at 1:21:06

Mary Green explores two of our local nature reserves.

Shady groves
Posted on September 21 2011 at 11:21:31

Mary Green explores the diverse woodland in our area.

Weeds and wilderness
Posted on August 21 2011 at 1:56:09

Mary Green finds unusual wildlife in the ‘unofficial countryside’.

Home and away
Posted on June 21 2011 at 3:30:59

Mary Green explores flora and fauna a little further afield.

When the small birds sweetly sing
Posted on May 19 2011 at 1:54:51

Mary Green offers an insight into the lives of garden birds.