Guest nature column for The BV magazine. Follow the links below to read each column as they become available.

Where have all the cuckoos gone?

It’s becoming an echo of the past, says wildlife writer Jane Adams – the cuckoo’s call is now a rare sound in the UK’s changing seasons. First published May

The nightingale sang… on vanishing scrub

Nightingales are part of our heritage. We feel we know them. Yet how many of us have ever heard, much less seen, a living, breathing nightingale? First published March

A pungent predicament

Polecats have quietly been making a secretive fragrant return, says wildlife writer Jane Adams – but there are hybrid hurdles to overcome. First published February

Dorset’s Sky Dancers

They’re a rare wildlife success story: Jane Adams shares a brief, heart-racing encounter with one of our most elegant aerial acrobats. First published January.

Nature’s tiny technicolour tapestry

Jane Adams delves into the peculiar world of lichen, revealing a vibrant year-round splash of colour in the UK’s landscapes, even on the darkest days. First published December.

Falling back in love with autumn

Join wildlife columnist Jane Adams on a nostalgic journey as she rediscovers the magic of autumn, sharing the joy of re-connecting with nature. First published November

Just chuck it out the window! It’ll be fine

A casual toss of an innocent apple core may be having unintended consequences, says resident wildlife columnist Jane Adams. First published October

Uninvited, untamed and under our noses! 

Shouldn’t we be welcoming weeds into our gardens to grow alongside their cultivated cousins? First published September.

A weasel is weasily identifiable, whereas a stoat is stoatally different

The stoat has a mesmerising effect on those who spot it and Dorset may be a perfect habitat. But they remain a mystery, says wildlife writer Jane Adams. First published August

The disappearing bullfinch

He’s a short, beefed-up robin, a ‘skinhead in a Hawaiian shirt’, and he has a voice ‘like a squeaky wheelbarrow’, says wildlife writer Jane Adams. First published July. 

Glorious floppy-dock

The spires of purple foxglove growing far above our heads in wild corners of Dorset shout ‘June is here’ says wildlife writer Jane Adams. First published June.

What’s so great about the dawn chorus, anyway?

Wildlife writer Jane Adams grew up in the suburbs, and vividly recalls the first time she shared her morning tea with the waking birds. First published May. 

The oil beetle

This month wildlife writer Jane Adams introduces us to the shiny little beetle whose hitchhiking larvae have a mean bee streak. First published April

The bee-fly

Wildlife writer Jane Adams is looking forward to her own personal sign of spring – the Mary Quant of the insect world. First published March.

The song thrush

Wildlife writer Jane Adams is missing her early morning alarm call – but feels there may be signs of hope for mavis. First published February – two page spread.

Humble catkins

Wildlife writer Jane Adams is trying hard not to be stuck in the January gloom, and instead to look for the signs of new life. First published January – two page spread.

Winter bumblebees

Wildlife writer Jane Adams is on the lookout for a winter wild bee fix – even in December you can find them, she says. First published December – two page spread.

In search of the elusive three hares

Wildlife writer Jane Adams goes in search of mysterious hares in Dorset churches, which may have originated in Buddhist China. First published November – three pages with photos by Graham P Bannister Wildlife Photography.

Connecting with the wild

Autumn is the time to delay your daily walk until the light fades, suggests wildlife writer Jane Adams – there’s a whole new world at dusk. First published October – double page spread with photos.

Devil’s-bit scabious

Growing a wildflower meadow in your back garden isn’t quite as simple as you might think – but it’s important to try, says writer Jane Adams. First published September – double page spread with photos.

Can you hear the bats?

When she was young, wildlife writer Jane Adams was told ‘you can’t hear bats’ – and believed it for 30 years… But that wasn’t quite true. First published August – single page spread with photos.

Homeless, poisoned, starved… and squashed

When was the last time you saw a toad in the garden? Writer Jane Adams raises the alarm call for our endearingly ugly, slug-loving splodges. First published July – double page spread with photos.

Meet the speckled bush-cricket

Climate change and pesticides mean wildlife in our gardens is disappearing – writer Jane Adams urges us to look for an oddly cute vegan who won’t dance. First published June – double-page spread with photos.

What’s happening in the blue tit nestbox?

Blue tits are on a precarious tightrope each spring. Nature writer Jane Adams shares the task ahead for ‘her’ Bonnie and Clyde. First published May

The hairy-footed flower-bee

They might sound like a character from a Brambly Hedge book, but Mr & Mrs hairy foot are a quintessential 20s couple, says Jane Adams. First published April

The sulphurous beauty of brimstone

How a single butterfly enhances my world – and how we can support these little angels of delight. First published March

Eighty glistening eyes stared at me

It shocked me when I heard a loud gurgling sound as I took the bins out one night – but there was delight when I saw what it was. First published February.

Why are cheeky robins our favourite visitors?

On a chilly day, a wild friend interrupting an outdoor chat gives wildlife columnist Jane Adams pause for thought. First published January.

Have you seen those broken black lines in the sky at dusk?

In this month’s nature column, Jane Adams discovers her local corvids are having a noisy sleepover. First published December.

Experience a different walk 

What would happen if we stopped watching wildlife and sensed it in other ways? In this month’s nature column, Jane Adams goes on a sensory walk at dusk. First published November