Keeping up with Langur monkeys in Sri Lanka

Diary day 10,(2016 field trip) the plod up the road was hard, exposed and open, with paddy fields one side and swamp the other, a cluster of trees becomes an oasis in this landscape. Big beautiful Rain trees, the first had a huge bat colony, the second a shady retreat for a troupe of Langur…

Looking for Forest Jewels

Diary day 13,(2016 field trip) A bit of good luck, having found a specimen of Nepenthes distillatoria on the track to our jungle base, so close I could use a chair from the hut, what luxury! Sri Lanka only has this one species of these beautiful plants, they are of the carnivorous variety and the…

What a find Star tortoise Sri Lanka

Wildlife discovery in Sri Lanka

Travel diary 2015. A short drive to the ancient ruins of Ritigala, once an vast religious complex of buildings and pathways now mostly taken over by jungle, just the tarmac ran out and the road turned to a sand track, Tharindu, our driver bangs on the brakes n shouts Tortoise! We fling open the doors…

Samba moments Yala national park Sri Lanka

Samba Moments, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.

Travel diary 2015. As the temperature dropped I headed to the lakes edge, as soon as I arrived the wildlife was evident, there were assorted sized crocodiles, Pelicans, painted storks and the water buffalo wallowing in the cool of the lake. Strangely a big male Samba deer was dosing at the waters edge, a superb…

Fruits and berries hedgerow inspiration

Autumn, its the perfect time to get your paints out, the countryside is now full of wild fruit and seeds. The variety of colour, shape and textures is everywhere. The weather signals a seasonal change and so too the landscape. This bounty which sees our native wildlife species stocking up for the long winter ahead…