Is it right to cull?

A few weeks ago, around the time the British Government announced proposals that would approve the culling of badgers in certain areas of the UK in an attempt to curb and limit incidents of Bovine TB, I saw this badger as it headed for the woods.The issue of Bovine TB is…

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Waiting for the carpenter

I was late going into work this morning as I wanted to meet the carpenter who is putting in a couple of gates for us. So, whilst waiting, I took a cup of coffee into the garden to enjoy the warm September sunshine.In the field behind us I could see…

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‘Gannets Fishing’ – a postscript to Bempton

This print, posted as promised in a comment on my last post on our visit to RSPB Bempton Cliffs, is a resin print called ‘Gannets Fishing’ by my father, Ron Wilkinson. A leading light in the graphic design community from the 1960s onwards, in retirement he has focused on his…

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RSPB Bempton Cliffs

After a gastronomically delightful evening at The Black Cat on Eastborough in Scarborough we rose to the sun rising over the sea in the eastern skies. Topped up by breakfast, our path led a few miles south across the rolling coastal fields of Yorkshire’s East Ridings. We left the last the houses…

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Flamborough Head

Skirting round Bridlington we threaded our way through country lanes to the 8 mile, chalkland promenantry of Flamborough Head. Defended by a dyke in prehistoric times and the site of a Franco-American invasion attempt in the American Revolutionary Wars, the head sticks out into the North Sea and is riddled…

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A morning at Lincoln Castle

Opening the curtains to the majesty of the Cathedral’s West face was a wonderful sight, the sun illuminating the well broken cloud, the haphazard angles of ancient roof and ruddy brick chimney leading the eye across to the dramatic frontage. Pigeons and crows circled the spires and towers, free from…

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Lincoln – part 1

An opportunity to spend a few days away presented itself this Whitsun week so a trip was planned that took us north on the eastern side of the country, visiting first Lincoln, then on to Scarborough before returning south to Rutland Water. Locations were chosen for historical and ornithological reasons,…

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A kestrel on the wing

A day pottering in the garden was very much in the company of our local birdlife, as fledglings and adults of all manner of species visited during the day.The garden ‘day’ list in fact numbered 19 – blue tit, great tit, coal tit, greenfinch, goldfinch, blackbird, pied wagtail, wood pigeon,…

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LTT – a beautiful acronym

Our bird feeders and their almost continual stream of visitors provide constant entertainment throughout the year. Combined with the kitchen radio they make the chore of washing the dishes slightly more bearable as you look out on the activities of our feathered regulars. There are some birds that visit however…

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Speed of Change

The speed of change in the countryside is so fast at this time of year. Everyday we go out and see change in the garden, the fields and the lanes. Different birds are coming to the feeders – Goldfinches and Greenfinches have become regulars to the nuts and seeds again…

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