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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May rhythms

The rhythms of the natural year let you know where you are, without the need to study the calendar. The first cuckoo or house martin tells us the warm weather of spring has finally arrived. The cycle of the moon in other parts of the world heralds great spawning events,…

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A first outing for the moth trap

With a birthday in February, sometimes it is a little while before I get to play with my presents. This weekend saw the first excursion for my new Robinson Mercury Vapour moth trap, after a long, damp spring and then improving weather that didn’t coincide with a Saturday night/Sunday morning. Setting…

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A subtle change in garden visitors

A subtle spring-time change has been seen at our feeders over the last couple of weeks as the green and yellow of early spring signals growth in the borders and hedgerows and birdsong fills the air. The birds are moving, searching out nesting sites and food sources for the next…

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de Havilland, Speilberg and the Short Eared Owl

Hatfield’s flat expansive airfields and the iconic 1930’s Comet pub are strong childhood images, locked into my memory as I travelled with my family to compete in cross-country races north of London. This was a time long before the M25 encircled London when the North Circular Road was the main…

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Bitterns at Great Amwell

Imagine seeing a Bittern 20 seconds after entering a bird hide for the first time in your life. This was a reality for one of my young companions today who had been set a theme of birdwatching for part of their homework. Our visit was impromptu and relatively short, but…

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RSPB Snettisham

Time and tide wait for no man and they certainly didn’t wait for me. To experience RSPB Snettisham at its best a visit should focus around high tide, when the great mudflats that separate Norfolk from Lincolnshire are covered by water, forcing the multitude of waders that rely on its…

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A Winter High

High pressure has been sitting over Europe. Temperatures across the continent have plummeted and a week ago the UK joined the party. With daytime temperatures rarely above freezing and clear night skies bringing minus double figures, the two doses of snow have remained on the ground, giving a crisp white…

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A Photographer’s Guide to Great Amwell

This page is designed as a guide to the Great Amwell Nature Reserve and environs in Hertfordshire, for landscape and wildlife photographers. Originally produced by David Laws and hosted as a Google knol, it is now republished with permission on The Badgers Eye. IntroductionGreat Amwell Nature Reserve is an area…

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