My blog is three years old today

I started writing my blog three years ago today. It was during May half term, I was bored so my mum suggested that I went out with a camera, took some photos and wrote about what I saw over that week.

I can’t believe that I’m still doing it three years on.

This is the very first photo I took.

first blog photo

Photo from 24th May 2013

Tadpoles from May 2013

One of my first blog photos

Over the past three years of taking photos and blogging I have met some amazing people, learnt so much about British wildlife and probably asked more questions than I can remember. I have had so much support from individuals, organisations, groups and people on social media.

Hopefully my photography has come on a long way during this time.

A big thank you to all those people who take the time to read, like and comment on my blog.

I plan to continue taking photos and blogging for a very long time, and hope for lots more adventures to come.

This week I went for a visit down to my local river, it was great to see so many dragonflies, butterflies and newly hatched goslings out for the first time.

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful demoiselle

I still find have to ask lots of questions, such as does anyone know what these footprints are?


Another reason for visiting my local river is to see the Swallows. They have returned for another year to nest under the weir. I spent ages watching them fly just above the surface of the river and disappear up under the bridge.



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About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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7 Responses to My blog is three years old today

  1. Well done for persevering with your blog. This is the first one I’ve seen. The photos are lovely and I believe the footprints were left by an otter. How exciting is that?


  2. Jo Golding says:

    Congratulations Alex, I love seeing what you find right on my doorstep.


  3. Congratulations on such a brilliant blog!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Tony Jevons says:

    Well done Alex on reaching your third anniversary. I love reading your entries and tour photos are splendid, keep up the brilliant work!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Alex,
    Congratulations on reaching your blog’s third anniversary. I’ve only recently started following, and I am so impressed by your photographs and films. The good news is that your love of wildlife will never leave you, now.
    Re. those footprints – it’s difficult to get a sense of size or scale, but could they be hedgehog? I would strongly recommend finding a good guidebook for tracks and signs. Mine is an out-of-print Collins Guide, but I’m sure there are others available.
    Best wishes,

    Liked by 1 person

    • appletonwild says:

      Thank you for your comment, and for following my blog. The photo didn’t show it very well, the footprints were on a river bank. I was hoping it could be watervole.


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