An Anniversary Walk

A walk around the plantation on a Friday night is a perfect way to let go of the stresses of the week. At the height of summer the grass is long around the field edges and as I discovered last year, with a bit of quiet approach work and the…

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Rooftop Partridge

Sitting in the garden this evening around 9pm, contemplating the demise of english football as the sun hung low in the west and sent it’s golden rays down the valley, a partridge landed on my chimney stack. It took a second look to be sure it was and not a…

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A Friday at Minsmere

Minsmere is one the RSPB’s premier reserves and holds a special place as the home of the avocet, the totemic emblem of the RSPB. It sits on the Suffolk coast just north of the Sizewell Nuclear Power Station, full face to the North Sea with a short shingle beach and…

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Fledglings and Flyers

The Great Tit and Blue Tit fledglings have spenr a lot of their time around the feeding station this week, regularly joined by a flock of Goldfinches that approaches double figures, a Nuthatch family and some Greater Spotted Woodpeckers. With the England v USA World Cup to look forward to…

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The Vapourer Moth Caterpillar – sharing what you learn

I found this caterpillar on our climbing rose on Saturday. It’s bold markings and four yellow tufts were striking but I didn’t know what species of moth or butterfly it was. A twitpic on twitter and a posting on the Amateur Wildlife Film-makers Network didn’t take long to produce an…

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Hare Sunday

After a morning scything nettles to clear and open paths at Lemsford Springs Nature Reserve and an afternoon of gardening, snoozing and enjoying some fine England bowling in the cricket I headed out this evening to enjoy the last of the weekend with camera in hand and hide on my…

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Exodus

I moved one of our nest-boxes back in February and placed it behind our apple tree. In early spring it looked conspicuous and I wondered whether the tits would take to it. Even at the beginning of May the box stuck out like a sore thumb. However a pair did…

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First Cuckoo

I heard my first cuckoo of the year last night, as I emerged from the wood after a spot of badger watching. One badger had shown itself and had spent a few minutes dragging fresh bedding back to the sett in a comical reverse hop-shuffle. The light became too low…

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The Red Kites of Stokenchurch

I had to make a trip to Birmingham today, so thinking ahead I packed the camera in the car. Heading up the M1 I spied a Red Kite, hanging in the thermals above the motorway, an appetizer for what I hoped would be more encounters later in the day.Heading back…

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