In like a lion, out like a …… lion?

The interminable cold of this winter continues to have a hold on northern Europe and snow still lies on the ground in our patch of Hertfordshire. This has often meant that the fireside is more appealing than the outside, so wildlife watching trips have been a little infrequent, though the…

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Rattlebag

Starting this disparate collection of images and sightings from the last week or so is a new butterfly sighting in our garden. This Holly Blue butterfly made occasional appearances last weekend and stayed just long enough in one place for me to get a shot and positively identify it. It…

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An Anniversary Walk

A walk around the plantation on a Friday night is a perfect way to let go of the stresses of the week. At the height of summer the grass is long around the field edges and as I discovered last year, with a bit of quiet approach work and the…

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Hare Sunday

After a morning scything nettles to clear and open paths at Lemsford Springs Nature Reserve and an afternoon of gardening, snoozing and enjoying some fine England bowling in the cricket I headed out this evening to enjoy the last of the weekend with camera in hand and hide on my…

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A good substitute for football

For almost 3/4 of the year my Saturday mornings are taken up by coaching and managing an U12s girls football team. They are a great bunch and exceptionally talented, having won the Cambridgeshire League and Cup double last season. However, due to the weather this winter we have up to…

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A ‘Snow Day’ in Barwick

By accident of geography and climate, snow in North East Hertfordshire is somewhat of a rarity and therefore something that isn’t coped with particularly well by south-east England’s commuting public and their public services. In the last 10 years a day or two’s snow a year might be typical but…

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Badger’s Eye Sunset

I recently bought a camouflage hood and gloves to aid my wildlife watching and a warm sunny evening last Wednesday provided the first opportunity to test out their invisibility properties. Checking the wind direction I decided my first stop would be the badger’s sett so I hooded up and entered…

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Hares at full moon

I took another walk around the wood on Sunday night and as usual came across the family of hares that live there. With a full moon rising to the east above the River Rib I thought the association of the two would make a nice shot. Hares and a full…

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A young, very tolerant leveret

A few days earlier I circled the plantation, picking up a family of hares above the wood on a field with young sweetcorn growing. The youngsters, not so aware of humans, or perhaps more tolerant, allowed me to get quite close. After a 30 minute stalk as they moved around…

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