On being a Bad Naturalist

It’s true.No question about it.I am a bad naturalist, just as I am a bad birdwatcher.But the thing is, I revel and rejoice in it.My ‘badness’ knows no bounds.Why you may I ask would I be pleased at such a description?What is a bad naturalist? The term bad naturalist is…

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mole fatale

One of our neighbours was a away recently. We popped up each evening to feed their cat and occasionally had a quick mooch around the garden to make sure all was well. A couple of evenings ago we discovered that all in fact wasn’t well for an unfortunate mole who…

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Helix pomatia – the Roman Snail

Rare and edible are perhaps not the ideal attributes for a snail to ensure its personal longevity. This is the classic French escargot, Helix pomatia, also known as the Roman Snail, Escargot or Burgundy Snail. Luckily, where it has more culinary attraction on mainland Europe, it is farmed to produce…

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Jubilee Beacon

Tonight we marked the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by joining the Scouts to light a beacon at Standon Lordship. After the rain of yesterday thankfully clear skies didn’t dampen the evening. The Rib valley looked peaceful below us, cloaked in a blanket of river mist.

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Fledged!

Our Blue Tit box is empty. The incessant visits from the parent birds, arrival at the box heralded by frantic tweeting from inside have finally finished with the youngster’s departure. We were not here this year to watch the moment but I was reminded of the epic events two years…

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