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Ashley Beolens

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Wildlife and photography enthusiast and dad of 3
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A Wildlife and photography blog from Milton Keynes UK.

Tags: Wildlife, Birds, Nature, Milton Keynes, Photography

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  • A Walk Amongst The Butterflies
    on Jul 21, 2016 in Manor Farm Nature
    A Walk Amongst the Butterflies We have just had the two hottest days of the year, back to back, and let me be honest with you here, with temperatures hot enough to soften the black, sticky, tarmac on the local roads, a slightly chubby (I'm being po...
  • Introducing the Patch - Millennium BridgeIntroducing the Patch - Millennium Bridge The Millennium Bridge was built around the start of the 21st century (as far as I remember it was finished a bit later than originally scheduled) and links up national Cycle route 6 as it crosses the river...
  • Last June Jaunt
    on Jul 1, 2016 in Manor Farm Nature Wildlife
    Last June Jaunt I have to be honest June is one of my least busy months on the patch front at the best of times, the birding drops right off with so many birds nesting and nothing new moving through, but this June has been so wet that my normal tar...
  • It Has Been a While
    on Jun 21, 2016 in Manor Farm
    It's Been a While - Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Well, what can I say bar It's Been a While! A combination of time away, school holidays, work, massive rain storms and a bad back, have not only kept me off the patch, but prevented me doing much of...
  • Introducing the Patch - Enclosed PaddockIntroducing the Patch - Enclosed Paddock The Enclosed Paddock is not the most exciting of locations on the patch, in fact most of the time it is simply a grassy field, surrounded by trees and hedges (and next to Wolverton House pub) with a large Oa...
  • A Photographic Post
    on May 12, 2016 in bird photography
    A Photographic Post - Pied Wagtail Hi, Today's post is just going to be a selection of photos (sorry), these were all taken Yesterday (Wednesday 11th May) on the patch, but I have a bit of OU Course work that I need to get written so have very litt...
  • A Tale of Three BirdsA Tale of Three Birds - Mute swans with cygnets I've been hitting the patch quite hard recently, every day I have had off I try to head out (family time obviously taking priority), the reasons are fairly obvious when you take into account the time...
  • A Quick Post
    on May 5, 2016 in Bird Manor Farm
    Today's post is going to be very light on the writing, but plenty of photos (well plenty of the same two birds really). Sorry but tired and my other love is about to kick off in the 2nd leg of the Europa League semi final (yes I am a Liverpool FC fan...
  • Beautiful Day
    on May 4, 2016 in Manor Farm
    Beautiful Day - Little Egret in Flight Having finished working my final night shift of the week, at 07:00 this morning, I stepped out of the office doors and was greeted by a beautiful day! The sky was a glorious blue, the sun was shining bright...
  • Warbler WonderlandWarbler Wonderland - Pied Wagtail A Lack of decent photos (Not sure what has happened this week) and a lack of motivation to write this week has meant no blog posts even though I have been out every day this week, so far, so it's another round up p...
  • Introducing the Patch - Cattle FieldsIntroducing the Patch - Cattle Fields Situated all around the old farm buildings (now office buildings and the big Manor Farm house), and looking down over the Flood Plain Forest Nature Reserve itself (main Lakes, Manor Farm Pits etc.), the Cattle F...
  • A MEGA Round-upA MEGA Round-up I've not had the energy, inclination to post the last time I walked the patch (Back issues again) but as I was forced to pop onto the patch today, when I should have been sleeping between night shifts (more on that later) I thought...
  • Something UnexpectedSomething Unexpected - Robin After convincing Zoe that she should got to work early for some overtime (I'm kidding of course) she was in a good mood after the little lady got our chosen middle school (or whatever it is they are called these days) I...
  • Rainy DaysRainy Days - Lapwing Rainy days, like today, remind me that I am never one to be accused of being a fair weather birder. As the rain steadily dripped down form the sparkling green leaves of the soaking wet trees, I headed out onto the patch to see...
  • Glad to be AliveGlad to be Alive Some days you're just glad to be alive.  The sun was beating down in the way it only seems to do in Spring; Creating a beautiful, bright, light but without the haze of summer, a warm glow spreading across the land; The heat ple...
  • Would You Rather
    on Apr 4, 2016 in family kids Manor Farm Nature Walking
    Would You Rather - Little Ringed Plover Would you rather spend a morning sitting around watching TV and playing video games or, head out into the great outdoors with one of your favourite people, and have a lovely walk and a chat? In my case I woul...
  • Introducing the Patch - Grand Union CanalIntroducing the Patch - Grand Union Canal The Grand Union Canal almost completely chops my patch in half, so it often features on my blog posts if for nothing other than the journey I take passing underneath and through the cattle creep of the Iron...
  • Introducing the Patch - Old LockIntroducing the Patch - Old Lock Overgrown with a mix of large trees, mixed elder and Blackthorn, tall grasses, Teasels and no end of scrubby weeds, bordered by the Grand Union Canal high to the East and open grass fields and hedgerows to the West...
  • Introducing the Patch - Sheep FieldsIntroducing the Patch - Sheep Fields It's unusual of all the places on my patch the Sheep Fields are the area I see most of and yet are also the area I see little in. You see I can see these fields from my study window, It's an obscured view through...
  • Afternoon SunshineAfternoon Sunshine - Mallard With it being the Easter holidays and my daughter currently having a Minecarft fixation (seriously if she isn't playing it she is watching YouTube videos of other people playing it, I'm starting to think I need to becom...

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