The Natural History of Willoughby

Below are a number of articles written by a former resident David Charles. If you would like to write for this page, please send us your contributions!

Churchyards as Time Capsules

The thought that a church yard is full of echoes of the history of its parish and of rural England is deeply embedded in our culture, and I feel conscious of it whenever I sit on the seat for a rest and a think, or cut the west hedge. The sentiment appears in...

Wildlife of Willoughby

Willoughby has no formally designated wild flower gardens, though some gardens are semi-wild by default, including mine. In its wildness some cowslips mysteriously colonised my front lawn many years ago, and with no encouragement beyond taking care to avoid them with...

Signs of Autumn in Willoughby

“To autumn” by John Keats (1792-1821) must surely be one of the most quoted poems in English, with its “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”. But what of our local natural history in autumn, and of its fruitfulness?  As drivers we’re not always pleased to see the...