Bombylius major – The Large Bee Fly

Bombylius major When warm days come in  the first weeks of April the bumble-bees are joined in the bright spring air by a ginger and brown ball of fuzz called the Large Bee-fly, a bee mimic that performs erratic dances through garden flower-beds with its characteristic long proboscis extending out…

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April Morning

Fields lit  through curtains of gossamer mist hold a secret at each turn. Glowing air, moist  yet sharpened still by the cool of night, passes through bare branches inter-weaved shadows in a duo-tone of gold and brown.  The Skylark’s are up  sending their rolling ribble out across the valley. Chiff-chaff,…

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Bursting Butterbur

Butterbur Petasites hybridus Emerging from banks that a few short weeks ago were submerged by water, the upright flower stalks and parasol leaves of the Butterbur are bursting forth down by the ford. A long-time staple of herbalists through the ages, Butterbur was used to treat plague and fevers in…

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Catch up 2 – might it be a belemnite?

A fortnight ago, during a walk through the wood to the north of our little hamlet I cam across animal earth workings between the fallen trunks of some scott’s pine that sit on a steep escarpment above the river. Pausing for a few minutes I picked at the gravel spoil…

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Wind and flood

Sound recording and images taken on a bright winter’s afternoon near Barwick Ford.  The River Rib is in flood and yesterday had broken it’s banks, cutting off access to the ford and Much Hadham. In the afternoon the depth markers showed that the river was running at nearly four feet…

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