Adder in the woods

I opened my eyes. A morning sleep after a full breakfast and the previous night’s adventures at Bempton had been just the ticket, the quiet wood I had found seemingly the perfect spot.I sat up, climbed out of the bedroll and looked around, reaching out to retrieve first one, then…

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Clifftop dawn

I pulled open the bivy bag cover and light flooded my consciousness. Sunlight, sound and birds battered the senses. No more the gentle calls of midnight, that crept through the dark to whisper in straining ears. This was full on, in your face, high volume cacophony. Gulls, gannets, puffins, and…

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A night on the cliffs at Bempton

Equipment set and bedded down in my bivy by midnight, I hit the record button and settled in. Cocooned in my sleeping bag, I clamped headphones tight to my ears and slipped away into the sounds of the night. I had travelled up from Hertfordshire during the afternoon, arriving in…

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Ancient Lamprey

Lampreys are ancient.450 million years ago ancient, fossils of them having been discovered from the late Silurian and Devonian periods. On Saturday, whilst paddling in the river with the local archaeology group I quite unexpectedly came across some in the shallows. They belong to a small group of stone suckers…

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BGBW 2015

Blue Tit – 15Great Tit – 3Wood Pigeon – 50Robin – 2Chaffinch – 2Blackbird – 2Carrion Crow – 1Dunnock – 1Collared Dove – 1Magpie – 1 1453 hours, Sunday 25th January 2015

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Northern Lights

Photographing the bridges of Newcastle on Saturday night provided sharp contrast to experiencing nightfall at Chris Watson and Ian Paite’s sound installation, Hrafn: In Conversation with Odin in the Kielder Forest. A terrific whistle stop visit.

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Smooth Newt in the garden

A gently lifted flint boulder in the garden this evening revealed this sandy brown Smooth Newt. Mostly likely a female or immature male, she remained relatively still during exposure to our peering gaze. Smooth newt Lissotriton vulgaris; formerly Triturus vulgaris Outside of the breeding season they are nocturnal, taking refuge under…

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