No poem today?

The Blackbirds vied with the pesky ratsfor scrapson the bird tabletodaybut a poem didn’t show itself.I wonder what tomorrow will bring? Huge clouds of wood pigeons a thousand strongperhaps, the sound as memorable as the sight.I’ll waitand see.It’s never what you expect. MW/KH

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The Bum Barrel Gang

The Bum Barrel Gang passed through today,constant flicks of head and tail,skip and hop from twig to lichened twig,bare honeysuckle, then downto the sunflower hearts and fat-ballof the garden oasis. Garbed in pink and black,yellow eyeliner and pinched face,they lifted the soul for a moment,tails erect as conductor’s batons,driving nature’s…

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The return of an old friend

Not long after moving to Barwick, 15 odd years ago, we discovered we had a tit visiting the garden that we hadn’t seen before. After many months of watching and photographing and with a little help from visitors to this blog, we finally decided on it’s identity – a Marsh…

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Doing your bit for bats

A guest post this week on The Badgers Eye from Ross Stevens, who draws our attention to those  wonderful creatures of the twilight, sadly in decline. Do your bit to help bats in the UK Bats, bats, batsCovered in a veil of mythology, bats appear to have a lot to…

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The Society of Wildlife Artists Exhibition 2012

Esther Tyson’s work at the SWLA (image from her Facebook page) I took advantage of a meeting in town yesterday and after I was finished, popped over to the Mall Galleries to view this year’s Society of Wildlife Artists Exhibition.Borne out of an exhibition of wildlife art by Robert Gillmor…

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A dawn dash to Snettisham for the wader spectacular

Dawn on Friday found me at RSPB Snettisham on the North Norfolk coast to see the wonderful wader spectacular. A high, gently rising tide drove thousands of Knots, Oystercatchers and other waders from the Wash mudflats where they feed, sending them in huge, swirling clouds across the sky and onto…

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Badger Cull: Not in this farmer’s name

The article below by Steve Jones, a livestock farmer from the Forest of Dean, is reposted from The Guardian newspaper’s website.. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/28/badger-cull-bovine-tb Friday 28 September 2012I farm in the cull area, and I know that killing badgers will not stop bovine TB — the answer lies in better farming practicesThe…

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I love it when a plan comes together

A week or so ago we noticed night time snufflings and light excavations in the gravelly soil outside our front gate. Convinced that the culprit could only be a badger, I left a few peanuts out and after a couple of nights remaining untouched, we found they had disappeared on…

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24 hours in North Norfolk

When the opportunity for a short break presented itself a week or so back we quickly decided a trip to the North Norfolk coast was the best option. Overnight accommodation secured at The Linksway Hotel near Hunstanton, we headed north in the August sunshine. Three hours at the mercy of…

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