Wet and dry at Wilstone

A breeze-blown drizzle greeted my arrival at Wilstone Reservoir near Tring yesterday, giving a monochrome cast to the view across the water, the surrounding Chiltern hills rolled up in blankets of grey. I’d dropped in after lunch at The Valiant Trooper in Aldbury and determined to explore for an hour…

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No Blue Monday

Sleet slashed across the garden, driven by the buffeting northerly that bowed and bent shrub, bush and tree to its will. A cold day, early in February, gripped by winter.In beautiful contrast, Monday sent thoughts forward to the coming of spring and the promise of regular warmth and increased vitality.…

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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2013 & a garden first

Our bird list submitted to RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch was from an hour’s viewing on Saturday 26th. It was a cold morning with some snow still on the ground.8 Long-tailed tit7 Blue tit5 Blackbird3 Great tit2 Greater Spotted Woodpecker2 Coal tit2 House Sparrow2 ChaffinchRobinSong ThrushCollared DoveWood PigeonDunnock If I had…

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It’s been wet, wet, wet

The UK Meteorological Office released provisional statistics earlier this week indicating that 2012 was the second wettest year on record since data collection began in 1910. With four of the five recorded wettest years occurring in since 2000 and longer term (30 year) averages indicating a 5% rainfall increase, wetter…

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Speed of Change

The speed of change in the countryside is so fast at this time of year. Everyday we go out and see change in the garden, the fields and the lanes. Different birds are coming to the feeders – Goldfinches and Greenfinches have become regulars to the nuts and seeds again…

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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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Two Men in a Canoe – Day 2

We awoke on day 2 of our trip to a bright morning after a refreshing nights sleep. As we made morning tea Ring Necked Parakeets flew across the site from tree to tree, their range now stretching across Hertfordshire and beyond out from their original population in West London. The…

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