Hi! I’m Nicky and welcome to my nature blog. If fauna, flora, fungi and photography are your thing, then you’re definitely in the right place. I love all that stuff and have done for over forty years – wow! forty years?! If I’m being honest, I really think it’s a bit longer than that!!

If you’re interested in….

  • birds

  • moths

  • wild flowers

  • garden wildlife

  • wildlife outside the UK

and all their associated habitats then you’re on my wavelength.

So, who exactly is Nicky?

I’m not a professional conservationist but I help out local conservation and wildlife groups – they’re always after a bit of hard labour and I’m happy to provide it! I’m a ‘wildlife partner’ of  Forestry England and North York Moors National Park, recording and submitting sightings.

I’m not a professional photographer but I did once win a competition….I came first in the wildlife category of the FSC photography competition a couple of years ago with my photo of a beetle. I nearly didn’t know about it….hubby deleted my congratulatory email as spam!

I picked up a camera as a kid and have been hooked ever since. I initially thought that it was the photography I loved but it turned out to be field craft…

The thrill of finding a rare flower or hearing the first Chiffchaff of the year will always be special. It’s like being part of a treasure hunt that never ends.

Having said that, I feel naked going out without my camera!

I have a full time job and the usual personal commitments. I haven’t quit them to travel the world or become a full time naturalist or blogger (these things would be fab but I am a realist!!). I just enjoy wildlife full stop.

Rucksack & camera…typical garb for Nicky By Nature!

So, what exactly is ‘Nicky By Nature’?

Well, it’s a place for all those out there who are looking for inspiration and the motivation to experience all things nature.

Nicky by Nature is a place I can share the enjoyment of sunrises and sunsets, mountains, meadows and marshes, seas and skies, woods and gardens without the overriding humdrum of everyday life.

It’s also about issues, news, art, literature, music, events…if it has a nature theme then, why not?

Nicky By Nature is pure escapism and you are welcome to experience it with me.

Where is ‘Nicky By Nature’?

Nicky by Nature HQ is based in Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire in the north of England.

Not far from the east coast and lying at the foot of the North York Moors, Dalby is predominantly forest with areas of moor, meadow and marsh. With interesting features such abandoned quarries, small lakes and recently felled slopes, Dalby is rich in all things nature.

Dalby Forest is my local patch and I love exploring it.

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre not far from NbN HQ

NbN HQ also has a garden with a bird feeding station, nest boxes, small pond, messy areas, log stores and veggie patch. It is also the default base for moth trapping and identifying.

Nuthatch at the bird feeding station in the garden at NbN HQ

Are we just talking about Dalby?

No, Nicky By Nature isn’t just about Dalby. It extends further than that. Wherever I may be, I will always try to find a wildlife or broader ‘nature’ angle. I want to explore, see amazing things and experience new landscapes both wild and urban.

If I think you may find something interesting, then I’ll share it with you.

What’s the point of Nicky By Nature?

It’s simple. To share nature experiences in a light-hearted, enjoyable and interesting way.

I want you to join me in my escapism in Dalby and beyond. I hope you can experience the enjoyment of my nature life from your armchair or, better still, share your own nature experiences with me.

Dalby Forest: early morning, looking south through the mist