A right hornet’s nest

There are new residents on the path to White Hide at Great Amwell. More usually the home to resting families of Canada Geese on the bank of the stream, I discovered this weekend that a larger colony had set up home in the decaying trunk of an old tree.A sign…

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The Greylag Gosling Gang

This little gang of Greylag goslings paraded in front of the White Hide at Great Amwell last Saturday afternoon, closely attended by their doting parents.  Other greylags and boisterous canadas kept them moving through the shallows. Eventually, a bit of peace and a rest under a protective wing. It was…

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Lazy days

Whilst the five ringed circus entertained the world a few short miles south down the Lee Valley, Great Amwell basked in summer warmth. Thirsty livestock visited the shoreline, whilst Little Egret fished the shallows and Great Crested Grebe delved deeper. In the meadows butterflies danced across the sea of grass,…

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Bitterns at Great Amwell

Imagine seeing a Bittern 20 seconds after entering a bird hide for the first time in your life. This was a reality for one of my young companions today who had been set a theme of birdwatching for part of their homework. Our visit was impromptu and relatively short, but…

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A Winter High

High pressure has been sitting over Europe. Temperatures across the continent have plummeted and a week ago the UK joined the party. With daytime temperatures rarely above freezing and clear night skies bringing minus double figures, the two doses of snow have remained on the ground, giving a crisp white…

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A Photographer’s Guide to Great Amwell

This page is designed as a guide to the Great Amwell Nature Reserve and environs in Hertfordshire, for landscape and wildlife photographers. Originally produced by David Laws and hosted as a Google knol, it is now republished with permission on The Badgers Eye. IntroductionGreat Amwell Nature Reserve is an area…

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It’s in there, honest…..

Frozen pitches curtailed usual Saturday morning activities so with the clearest of winter skies I took a trip down to Great Amwell Nature Reserve. The reserve is one of the chain of lakes that follow the River Lea south towards London, extracted gravel workings now converted to a watery haven…

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