Time and tide on Holy Island

As with a lot of islands, life on Lindisfarne – northeast England’s Holy Island – grows on you. Its medieval priory ruins and skeletal castle frame a charming stone-built hamlet of 160 people, while quiet beaches, seals and seabirds await those who wander through the lanes and strike out across grassy fields filled with wildflowers.… Continue Reading


A flocking brilliant murmuration

We’ve got wildlife in the UK, though it’s more at the deer-and-badger end of the spectrum than lions and tigers and bears (oh my). I’ve seen the wild cattle of Chillingham, and puffins on the cliffs at Bempton, and gazed from Scottish highland crags and Norfolk beaches over basking seals at sunset. Each in its… Continue Reading