Marks and Spencer and me!

Oooo – I’m on sale in M&S! Well, not me exactly, but one of my photos. In a 2012 calendar that M&S has designed to raise funds for the Woodland Trust. Mine is the January image  – a snowdrop that I photographed one cold winter’s morning, still covered in dew.

Anneliese with her snowdrop photo in the 2012 Marks and Spencer calendar

Anneliese with her snowdrop photo in the 2012 Marks and Spencer calendar

Beady-eyed readers may remember that this image was in the calendar I created myself some years back to raise funds for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

This year, my photos are again being used in my popular BigBuzz Christmas cards, which are being sold to raise funds for the Mwabi Institute, founded by York nurse Wishart Malinga in his home village in Malawi.

Yuletide York - my unique BigBuzz Christmas cards, on sale at

Yuletide York - my unique BigBuzz Christmas cards, on sale at

Order your cards here

These deluxe cards are designed by me and printed here in York by eco-friendly waterless process on FSC certified card. They depict some of the most beautiful doors in historic York, decked out in their Yuletide splendour. Can you work out which door is in which street?

The cards are on sale in packs of 5 from various outlets in York as well as on my website, where they cost £3 per pack, or 2 packs for £5.

Order your cards here

Meanwhile, don’t forget I put on photography workshops for children, families and adults to help you take fabulous nature photographs with simple point-and-shoot cameras or camera phones. Find out more

Contact me for details

Anneliese Emmans Dean – – Bringing poetry to life


Rhyme Time Ramble

Hurray! It didn’t rain today! So the Very Young Friends of West Bank Park in York and I were able to go on our ‘Rhyme Time Ramble through the Woods’. (The last time we had tried to go on a Rhyme Time Ramble, the weather was so terrible that the council shut the park!)

Read feedback

After we’d done our Warm Up Rhyme, we greeted Queen Victoria:

Queen Victoria in West Bank Park, York

Then we wiggly wormed into the wood:

Wiggly Worming into the wood

The children – all pre-school – were very observant in the wood. They found worms, and a snail, and a spider’s web, amongst other fascinating things:

Finding interesting creatures on our Rhyme Time Ramble

So I performed a worm poem, and a snail poem, and a spider poem for them. Amongst other poems …

Then when we got to the Story Tree, she let us have a Rhyme Time Story. Here the children are, listening to my Rhyme Time Story:

Rhyme Time Story at the Story Tree

Thank you to all the children and their mums/grandmas/carers who came today. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as I did. What bits did you like best?

Thank you too to Catherine, for organising the event in the first place!

Organiser, Catherine

I now look forward to my next Rhyme Time Ramble. I wonder where that will be …

Anneliese Emmans

Return to theBigBuzz website

Recording the bugs where you are

STOP PRESS: An updated version of this information is available at theBigBuzz website.

You can make a valuable contribution to science by recording the wildlife you see, and submitting your observations to one of the many wildlife surveys there are in the UK. Here are some you might like to take part in.

National Insect Week 2008
National Insect Week 2008 is coordinating several insect surveys you might like to take part in, including:
– 2-spot Ladybird
– Stag Beetle
– Hummingbird Hawkmoth
– Painted Lady Butterfly

If you see any of the above species, then visit the National Insect Week website to log your sightings!

Nature’s Calendar

Nature’s Calendar records the changing seasons, and runs SpringWatch and AutumnWatch, which the BBC is involved with. There are lots of online resources to help you identify animals and plants, and lots of things to record!

Nature’s Calendar uses some of my photos on its website, newsletters etc.

Younger recorders should check out the Nature Detectives scheme.


Garden BirdWatch is a very easy recording scheme to be involved with, and as with all schemes, it’s great fun too. You just record the birds you see in your garden each week. There are also monthly recording forms for butterflies and moths, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, if you want to record those too.

National Ladybird Survey

There are two ways to participate in this survey. You can either let the survey know as and when you see a ladybird, or  you can carry out a specific site survey.

If you need help identifying the ladybirds you see, check out the national ladybird survey site, or  Paul Mabbot’s ladybird site.

Harlequin Ladybird Survey

Let the Harlequin Ladybird Survey know if you spot any of the new ladybird in Britain, the Harlequin. Find out about Harelquins and about my first Harlequin sightings in York here.

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is starting a more informal Garden Beewatch project. They’d like you to take photos of as many different types of bee as you can in your garden, or when you’re out for a walk, and then email the photos to Let them know when and where (with a postcode or grid reference) the photos were taken.

Contact the Trust for more details.

The Great Stag Hunt

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species wants to know if you’ve seen any stag beetles. Go to their Great Stag Hunt information to find out more.

Also, if you find a dead stag beetle, then wrap it carefully and send it to:
Deborah Harvey
School of Biological Sciences
Royal Holloway
University of London
Surrey TW20 0EX

Carefully enclose it in both a box and an airtight envelope, with details of exactly where you found it. It will be passed on to researchers who are studying beetle sizes.


There are various scientists in Britain interested in the sawflies you see. If you see Berberis sawflies, you can record you sighting with the RHS. Find out more about other sawfly sightings at my ‘Entering the scientific literature’ blog post.

Anneliese Emmans

December in bloom

Even though it’s now December, there are still plenty of plants flowering in our garden. On 1st December, the following were in bloom:

   Geranium, in bloom in our garden on 1 December 2006   Rocket, in bloom in our garden on 1 December 2006  

Geranium                           Rocket (just 1 flower)

  Fatsia, in bloom in our garden on 1 December 2006   Penstamon, in bloom in our garden on 1 December 2006 

Fatsia                                Penstamon (just 1 flower)

Periwinkle, in bloom in our garden on 1 December 2006   Rose, in bloom in our garden on 1 December 2006 

 Periwinkle (several)      Roses (lots)

  Valerian, in bloom in our garden on 1 December 2006   Honeysuckle, in bloom in our garden on 1 December 2006 

Valerian                            Honeysuckle (just 1 spray)

Shepherd’s Purse, in bloom in our garden 1 December 2006   Cyclamen, in bloom in our garden 1 December 2006

Shepherd’s Purse                    Cyclamen

Jasmine, in bloom in our garden on 1 December 2006


And the laurel hedge was flowering at one end (nearest the house).

Now, I’m not an expert on such matters, but by my reckoning only the jasmine and the fatsia, and maybe the cyclamen, should actually be in flower in December …