The golden hour

After the intense brightness of the fields of rape in full bloom that blanketed the Rib valley in the golden hour of this mid-May evening, the cool shade of the woods were a deep contrast of both light and colour.Muted greens, dusky browns and deeper shadows forced irises wider as…

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New reserves and lots of birds

Sunshine drew me to East Anglia yesterday with the prospect of some good birdwatching at two reserves that I’d not visited before.I arrived first at RSPB Lakenheath Fen just after lunch and the visitor centre was abuzz with talk of overflying Cranes and a Red-footed falcon about the reserve. I…

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Cuckoo-Pint

The damp and burgeoning hedgerows yield many plants at this time of year that have been hidden away since last Autumn. One of the most striking is Arum maculatum, or as I know it, the Cuckoo Pint.Like many of my first contacts with the countryside, these plants remind of me…

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The Greylag Gosling Gang

This little gang of Greylag goslings paraded in front of the White Hide at Great Amwell last Saturday afternoon, closely attended by their doting parents.  Other greylags and boisterous canadas kept them moving through the shallows. Eventually, a bit of peace and a rest under a protective wing. It was…

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