Vall Raven

We first heard rumours that ravens had arrived in the locality last winter and sightings through the spring and summer confirmed a resident presence. As summer started to turn to Autumn a few weeks ago the calls of ravens in the air began to become a regular occurrence around the…

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Fallow buck roar

We had been watching badgers emerging from their sett and flocks of corvids swirling across the tree tops as they came into roost at dusk to an island of woods on the South Cambridgeshire plain. Spectogram of a male fallow deer roaring Darkness finally falling we walked back along the…

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Our e-shop is open!

We are pleased to be able to launch our new shop with a number of limited edition prints. Taking an avian theme and including images of an Avocet, Ringed Plover and an Eurasian Eagle Owl, each print is hand-printed, signed and numbered and is delivered in a card mount. You…

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Back in time: Standon & Puckeridge

I was sent a link to a youtube film recently that was so interesting from a local social history perspective that I wanted to share it on the blog – it is a British Pathe film showing the village vicar, Rev. Ross Sage delivering milk around Puckeridge in 1963 with…

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The beat of a bush cricket

I first found a Roesel’s bush-cricket in the summer of 2009 in the long grass of some set-a-side land behind the string of houses in our small hamlet. That land is now consumed into a garden, but I digress. I came across one again the other week in the warmth…

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Signposts #2: Dawn Chorus – John Neville

Canadian wildlife sound recording artist John Neville has been recording wildlife and the birds of his native Canada for a number of years. When he made contact asking to use a recording I had made of a Nightingale in a presentation on the dawn chorus at this year’s International Ornithological…

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Return of the prodigal child?

Regular readers of this blog will know that for eighteen months or so we made a close acquaintance of our garden robin – a relationship cultivated and maintained by a steady supply of live mealworms – you can read about it here. Our Robin, as she became to be known,…

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Out on the Lark

Spontaneity sometimes brings great rewards. What was a late decision to have a weekend away in June last year, evolved into a magical experience that will live long in the memory and the idyllic location we found will no doubt become a base for further adventures to come. It wasn’t until…

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Bonehill

A couple of days wild camping and bouldering on Dartmoor in June gave the perfect opportunity to capture the sounds of the wildlife and livestock of this special, remote and peaceful landscape.

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