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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It’s in there, honest…..

Frozen pitches curtailed usual Saturday morning activities so with the clearest of winter skies I took a trip down to Great Amwell Nature Reserve. The reserve is one of the chain of lakes that follow the River Lea south towards London, extracted gravel workings now converted to a watery haven…

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A rare garden sighting

After a morning on a chilly football training pitch I returned home and enjoyed a spot of kitchen window bird-watching while I warmed up. The feeders were popular, blue and great tits streaming across the gardens on an aerial corridor to our honeysuckle where we hang the nuts. A small…

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