Two Men in a Canoe – Day 3

We awoke to bright sunshine in our secluded pitch at Longridge and enjoyed a cup of tea before packing up the tent and kit ready for our final day in the canoe. Our slightly leisurely place meant that the sky had clouded over by the time we paddled away but…

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1934 – a night at the Proms

The year of 1934 is not just the last year England triumphed over Australia at Lords before our recent victory, but also the year that saw the passing of three of the UK’s greatest composers – Elgar, Delius and Holst. In remembering the 75th anniversary of their deaths, Saturday’s Prom…

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Two Men in a Canoe – Day 2

We awoke on day 2 of our trip to a bright morning after a refreshing nights sleep. As we made morning tea Ring Necked Parakeets flew across the site from tree to tree, their range now stretching across Hertfordshire and beyond out from their original population in West London. The…

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Jenny Wren – a behavioural puzzle

Our garden provides a great habitat for our resident wren population. Colloquially known as the Jenny Wren, Troglodytes troglodytes (the first latin bird name I learned and is one of very few I do know!), they are a welcome companion in the garden. As their latin name suggests they feed…

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Two Men In A Canoe – Day 1

Nick and I go way back. We shared our late teenage years, our love of cricket in our twenties and early thirties and over time have managed to sneek away together for the occasional adventure.A conversation earlier in the year had pinned July as an opportunity to do something and…

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Roesel’s Bush Cricket – Metrioptera roeselii

It’s quite muggy in Barwick today, though none of the threatened heavy showers have hit us yet. From the look of this shot though I think Standon and Buntingford have received a soaking! In the strip of set aside land surrounding the crop a constant high frequency chirping could be…

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Spotted Flycatcher

We are lucky to have a good local population of Spotted Flycatchers that migrate to the area each summer. Sadly the species is now on the red list, meaning that they are; * Globally threatened * Historical population decline in UK during 1800–1995 * Severe (at least 50%) decline in…

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Hares at full moon

I took another walk around the wood on Sunday night and as usual came across the family of hares that live there. With a full moon rising to the east above the River Rib I thought the association of the two would make a nice shot. Hares and a full…

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Anyone know a Coleopterist?

A good afternoon in the garden today. The sun was warm and the breeze pleasant. A fair bit of weeding and clearing in the flower beds, some attention given to the tomato plants, all the veg received a good water and one of the raised beds has shiny copper tape…

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A young, very tolerant leveret

A few days earlier I circled the plantation, picking up a family of hares above the wood on a field with young sweetcorn growing. The youngsters, not so aware of humans, or perhaps more tolerant, allowed me to get quite close. After a 30 minute stalk as they moved around…

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