Exodus

I moved one of our nest-boxes back in February and placed it behind our apple tree. In early spring it looked conspicuous and I wondered whether the tits would take to it. Even at the beginning of May the box stuck out like a sore thumb. However a pair did…

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First Cuckoo

I heard my first cuckoo of the year last night, as I emerged from the wood after a spot of badger watching. One badger had shown itself and had spent a few minutes dragging fresh bedding back to the sett in a comical reverse hop-shuffle. The light became too low…

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The Red Kites of Stokenchurch

I had to make a trip to Birmingham today, so thinking ahead I packed the camera in the car. Heading up the M1 I spied a Red Kite, hanging in the thermals above the motorway, an appetizer for what I hoped would be more encounters later in the day.Heading back…

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Bugs Barwick, Bugs Britannica

No time recently for exploring further afield (hence the paucity of blog posts from me) but the garden is always close at hand and insects are thankfully plentiful. Through the early spring I’ve made some interesting discoveries which I’ve finally managed to share. The Velvet Mite – Trombidium sp. A…

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False Start

Sooooo…. After yesterday I said I wouldn’t go on any more weekday (possibly weekend) photography trips until my exams were over. With 2 essays down this morning and not having a lesson till 2pm I was struggling along and needed a break. Stupidly checking on the internet I saw a…

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Northumberland

In April I had the chance to go Northumberland with my family. Being stuck in Hertfordshire most of the time apart from brief escapades in the school holidays to the coast, I never get much time to explore. Our base was in Seahouses, the seaside town famous for it’s boat…

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Welcome to a new member of The Badger’s Eye team

Exciting news. I’m very pleased to say that Luke Massey has joined the Badger’s Eye and will be posting his pictures and stories on the blog. As recent readers will have seen, Luke took the wonderful Barn Owl pictures that appeared in The Great Barn Owl Stakeout. He is a…

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Freshwater Shrimps in the ditch

Look hard enough and you will find nature stories everywhere, even in the most unexpected places. I was collecting a few flint stones from the ditch that runs beside our quiet lane earlier today. After emptying the collection bucket I noticed movement in it’s bottom. To my surprise I found…

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A new arrival and some old favourites

I’ve been lousy at blogging (and keeping up on other people’s blogs) since Easter, largely due to the lighter evenings, the good weather, a rather important football match for my girls team (we drew 0-0 which was great) and preparations for a new business venture in the summer.This weekend saw…

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