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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.

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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.

Evergreen
Posted on November 28 2016 at 1:50:40

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

Waysides
Posted on October 31 2016 at 2:15:07

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

Re-wilding
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.

‘Changes’
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.

‘Fields’
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.

‘Roads’
Posted on June 29 2014 at 10:22:33

Mary Green seeks flora and fauna along our roadsides.

‘Villages’
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.

‘Landscape’
Posted on March 21 2014 at 11:29:04

Mary Green discusses the different types of landscape around here.

‘Water’
Posted on February 21 2014 at 12:54:12

Mary Green shows how our waterways are great for wildlife.

‘Green’
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.

Rooted
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.

The good, the bad and the ugly
Posted on April 12 2011 at 12:10:28

Mary Green examines the characteristics of a common plant family.

Along the locks
Posted on March 17 2011 at 9:27:35

Mary Green takes a trip along the towpaths of Tardebigge.

God’s acre
Posted on February 16 2011 at 3:13:33

Mary Green discovers some unusual wildlife in a local churchyard.

The wildlife champions
Posted on January 17 2011 at 2:26:49

Mary Green shares her thoughts on the best ways to help wildlife.

Winter walks
Posted on November 16 2010 at 2:52:17

Mary Green points out the abundance of wintry wildlife in our local area.

Autumn views
Posted on October 22 2010 at 6:41:58

Mary Green finds our woods and hills full of autumn fungi, fruits and berries.

Walking by water
Posted on September 15 2010 at 9:18:36

Mary Green goes for a wander around Upper Bittell reservoir.

Summer’s end
Posted on August 24 2010 at 5:25:52

Mary Green surveys the season and enjoys a Barnt Green walk.

Hills & valleys
Posted on June 19 2010 at 4:05:38

Mary Green strides out in three of our beautiful country parks.

Nature awakes
Posted on May 13 2010 at 3:02:52

Mary Green watches the wildlife in and around Alvechurch.

Walking in the meadows
Posted on April 17 2010 at 6:09:04

Mary Green suggests a stroll in Eades meadow, where flowers and birds abound in May.

Ancient meadows & green lanes
Posted on March 15 2010 at 7:09:04

Mary Green enjoys a spring-time wander through the leafy lanes of the Illey Way.

Blackthorn & bluebells
Posted on February 11 2010 at 5:16:04

Mary Green celebrates the spring with a walk around Rowney Green.

Snowdrops & swans
Posted on January 14 2010 at 8:50:53

Mary Green takes a walk through some wildlife in Cofton Hackett.

The turning of the year
Posted on November 26 2009 at 9:54:53

Mary Green celebrates the natural cycle of changing seasons.

Favourite flowers
Posted on October 26 2009 at 5:20:53

Mary Green finds plenty to love growing wild around our villages.

Here be dragons
Posted on September 20 2009 at 9:42:53

Dragonflies, that is… and Mary Green also looks at some of our other helpful flying insects.

Foraging for food
Posted on August 16 2009 at 5:57:53

Mary Green points out the many edible plants in our local area.

Summer holiday
Posted on June 14 2009 at 7:53:53

Mary Green points out the best places to spot wildlife on holiday.

Fields of dreams
Posted on May 16 2009 at 7:28:53

Mary Green enjoys a walk through thriving meadows.

The language of trees
Posted on April 19 2009 at 12:06:01

Mary Green continues her celebration of our wonderful woodlands.

Spirits of the wood
Posted on March 18 2009 at 5:49:42

Mary Green celebrates some of our best-loved native trees.

Go wild in the garden
Posted on February 16 2009 at 1:32:09

Mary Green offers tips on turning your garden into a haven for various wildlife.

A wildlife corridor
Posted on January 19 2009 at 4:30:34

Mary Green marvels at the huge variety of flora and fauna along the canal running through this area.

The Holly and the Ivy
Posted on November 20 2008 at 11:20:43

Mary Green looks forward to the festive feel of greenery gathered into the home.

Halcyon days…
Posted on October 20 2008 at 2:15:22

Mary Green hopes for a kingfisher sighting amid November’s frost and fog.

The fall
Posted on September 19 2008 at 2:58:14

Mary Green watches the seasonal change from summer fun to autumn fungi.

Mists & mellow fruitfulness
Posted on August 19 2008 at 6:50:51

The arrival of autumn brings a rich harvest of nuts and berries, plus plenty of wildlife, writes Mary Green.

Buttercups overfloweth
Posted on June 21 2008 at 12:44:29

High summer holds many joys for Mary Green, who also uncovers some surprises about the humble yellow buttercup.

Midsummer fires
Posted on May 20 2008 at 12:38:26

Mary Green discovers a riot of colour as spring becomes summer.

Bringing in the may
Posted on April 18 2008 at 11:10:17

Mary Green looks at some of the traditions associated with may blossom.

Oh, to be in England ...
Posted on March 19 2008 at 3:00:19

Mary Green takes stock of spring, from bluebells to buzzards.

A taste of spring. . .
Posted on February 20 2008 at 2:00:46

Mary Green watches nature begin to wake up.

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