Common Frog, Common Toad, Dandelion, Lady’s Smock, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Peregrine Falcon, Smooth Newt, Swallow – Nature Watch 2019/10 (1214)


When you’re a keen naturalist you always have one eye on the world around you and while The New Saints FC players were training I spotted a peregrine falcon overhead. I said to the person with me, any moment now it’s going to arch its wings and dive – and it did.

Although the winter lapwing flocks have long since deserted the Shotatton Crossroads area (Shropshire), I’m still seeing the occasional bird in the wider area, which is good news.

The smooth newts are back in my garden pond at home in Staffordshire. We have a breeding colony and it’s always great to see them when they return after winter hibernation.

I saw my first swallows of the year on April 30 at Coedpoeth, near Wrexham, while watching a game of football. Around 12 passed through on migration.

While fishing on a Staffordshire gravel pit, not only did I spot two adult oystercatchers but they also had two young with them as well. Always great to see in the centre of the country.

The video below was filmed while fishing at a small pool in Shropshire and features common frog tadpoles, common toads, lady’s smock / cuckoo flower and dandelion.

There’s a great world out there and angling is the perfect platform from which to engage with it.