Phenology Wheels In May

Back in January, we began to keep phenology wheels to record not only the changes in the natural world, but also the festivals of the liturgical year that we celebrate.

Here are our entries for May. A in previous months, Rose worked on her entry whilst I read from the May chapter of Roald Dhal My Year.


Rose sketched a wild bunny, and as today is Ascension Day, she sketched clouds to represent the festival.


I sketched the Hawthorn, which to me, is the flower of May! I copied Rosie’s idea of clouds for Ascension Day.


Our Phenology Wheel posts for the year:





Butterfly Week : Exploring Nature With Children

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This week in Exploring Nature With Children is ‘Butterfly Week’.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Do let me know how you get on with your own butterflies!

Happy exploring!

Our Nature Journals : Week 20

The meadow this week is bursting with Buttercups! I painted the nettles, Red Campion, Meadow Buttercups, and Red Clover.

My notes on the Nettles came from the beautiful & informative blog of Lucinda Warner, a herbalist who blogs at Whispering Earth.
Rose sketched and labelled an Ash branch for her Field Guide this week. We had to agree to disagree on her choice of leaf margin 😉
In my Calendar of Firsts I recorded the Rosemary that is flowering in my garden, and a wee Brown-Lipped Snail that was walking along my path.
What is happening in your wee corner of the world?

Garden Ant Week : Exploring Nature With Children

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This week in Exploring Nature With Children is ‘Garden Ant Week’.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Do let me know how you get on.

Happy exploring!

Our Nature Journals : Week 19

This week has been gloriously sun-shiny; perfect English weather! Everywhere is bursting with life.

In my meadow journal I painted Dandelion seed heads, Curly dock, Meadow Fescue, Sweet Vernal Grass, Alder, and the Alder Leaf Beetle, which was actually thought to be extinct in the UK until a few years ago.




Our caterpillars arrived this week, so Rose chose to sketch on in her journal. I adore the sweet simplicity, but accuracy of her sketch!

In my Calendar of Firsts, I recored the full Milk Moon, and the flowering Holly tree in the garden.

What is happening in nature where you live?