The green sandpipers of Lemsford Springs

On Sunday afternoon, with only a couple of hours sunlight left in the short winter’s day, I headed for Lemford Springs near Welwyn Garden City. Lemsford Springs is a gem of a little nature reserve under the stewardship of HMWT and of Barry Trevis, reserve warden in particular.  I have…

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Pintails, Snipe and more at Amwell

A relaxed wander around Amwell NR today yielded a fine collection of bird sightings and some nice photographic opportunities. A pair of Bullfinch were first to show themselves as I walked to James Hide, where Reed Buntings and displaying Dunnock came close to the hide, lured by the well stocked…

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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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The first sunny Sunday of spring

I think many of us in the UK woke to a gloriously sunny morning last Sunday. A few days warm, wet weather and grey skies preceded it, which made the contrast all the more dramatic. I rejected the draw of the duvet and headed out and was immediately aware of…

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Lunchtimes at Tewinbury

My journey to work takes me along the B1000 which joins the gentle valley of the River Mimram as it passes to the east of Welwyn Garden City. Over a few days in the latter part of the winter I watched the progressing construction of bird hide at the entrance…

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