Latchford Harvest

A barmy late August eveningthrobsto a mechanised beat. Golden sunbeamstouch cloudsof chaff-dustthat billowfrom the combinein drifts. Cut-lines mapthe pathof the mechanical scythe.Contoured curvesthat last a week’til the plough foldsthe remnantsof a season’s growthback into the earth. Emerging from the uncut cropa covey of grey partridgeeight or more strong.Notes from their…

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Hedgehog 2 – the return

…..and this time in the daylight. It was a real beauty, a youngster that will certainly be looking to put on the grams and ounces before winter hibernation.  After a circuit of the grass and a few flower beds it slipped through the fence. The fact that it was out…

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My God, It’s full of stars!

Looking towards the constellation of Perseus over Latchford, a meteor showing left of centre in the image The 12th of August was certainly a glorious one for skywatching, if not for moorland grouse (or perhaps, in a wider context, birds of prey as well). An almost perfectly clear sky and…

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Blakeney Point

Blakeney Point sits at the tip of a 6.4km (4 m) spit of sand dunes and shingle that extends out from Cley Beach on the most northerly tip of the North Norfolk coast. The surrounding area forms the Blakeney National Nature Reserve, extending from Stiffkey Salt Marsh in the west…

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Spoonbills at Titchwell

As an hors d’oeuvre to a three night stay in Wells-next-the-Sea last week, we dropped into RSPB Titchwell on a warm but blustery Norfolk afternoon. Parking in the Car Park we walked down through the trees to the visitor centre, deciding first to take a look at the newly opened…

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Hedgehog!

I found this spiny bundle in the garden tonight – the first hedgehog we’ve seen here for some years. Lets hope it hangs around.

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Bat Detector listening frequencies for UK Bats

This is the list of listening frequencies for the identification of British Bats. SPECIES Detector Setting (kHz) Pipistrelle (45) (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) 45–50 Pipistrelle (55) (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) 50–60 Nathusius’Pipistrelle (Pipistrelle nathusii) 38–42 Brown long-eared (Plecotus auritus) 40–45 Grey long-eared (Plecotus austriacus) 40–45 Barbastelle (Barbastelle barbastellus) 35–45 Bechstein’s (Myotis bechsteinii) 45–50 Daubenton’s…

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Empty Summer Sand

The deserted beach at Wells-next-the-Sea, just after 7am yesterday morning. A Curlew stood with two Oystercatchers at the edge of the creek.My only company. An unexpected moment, more precious because of it.

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