Welney in, Welney out

Bewick’s swans flew low over the car park as I departed from Welney, having broken the journey there on my recent trip to Snettisham. They called softly to each other as in waves they came into land on the sanctuary of the open water and it’s protection for the night.On…

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A Buzzard for Breakfast

As the cold front pushed blustery showers across the south-east of England from the east this morning this magnificent buzzard sought brief shelter in our garden. Somewhat bedraggled, it perched on the fences for a few minutes before loping away with huge wing-strokes as the wind continued to blow.

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Into the storm surge

I left the reserve car park in complete darkness, stars bright as diamonds in the ink black skies above me. The road had been closed but I had been let through by one of the Norfolk Constabulary’s finest, patrolling the flood zone in his 4×4 and now, a ruc-sac across…

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BTO Bird Atlas of Great Britain & Ireland 2007-11

“The most important British and Irish bird book for two decades”Andy Clements, BTO Director“Nowhere else on earth is as well known in terms of bird distribution and populations thanks to the astonishing effort of accomplished volunteers and the BTO”.  Chris Packham, BTO Vice-President “…the magnificent new atlas of British and…

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Martin’s Lights

Puckeridge came out on Sunday evening at the advent of Advent to remember Martin, our local shopkeeper who passed away a couple of years ago and to switch on the Christmas lights that now thread through this ancient village, bought with funds collected in his memory. The 1st Braughing Scout…

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Wind, waves and wetlands: images

A collection of images from my trip to Minsmere in Suffolk last weekend. For more on the trip, see Wind, waves and wetlands: sounds. Westleton Heath, Suffolk False Chanterelle Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca Looking across the reed-beds towards Sizewell B NP station Orange Sea Lichen Caloplaca marina Black-tailed Godwit Teal and Shovelers lifting from…

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The Natural History Museum – Tring

Pangolin In the 21st Century the hunting and collection of animal species from the wild for private collections is rightly abored and in many countries and cases a criminal offence. However the private collectors of a different time, driven by enquiry, collection and a different outlook on life, made significant…

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Wind, waves and wetlands: sounds

Saturday morning I jumped onto the tarmac ribbon that winds across Essex and on towards the Suffolk coast, a desire to breathe salty air and escape civilisation for an afternoon pushing me onward. After the two hour drive and  a quick exploration of Westerton Heath where a broken sun played…

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The 1st Braughing Scout Band

The only Scout Band in Hertfordshire, 1st Braughing Scout Band perform at many events throughout the year including; leading the Ware Carnival procession in July, heading the parade of beavers, cubs, brownies, guides and scouts on St George’s day along Ware High Street, performing at Standon May Day as well…

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