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The autobiography of a meadow

The autobiography of a meadow

Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field by John Lewis-Stempel This is essentially an autobiography of a meadow. In some ways I would have liked this story (for it is the story of a year in life of…) to…

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A book to read with the changing seasons

A book to read with the changing seasons

Autumn: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons by Melissa Harrison (Editor) Autumn has always been my favourite season – even over and above that of Spring – the quality of the light, the temperature, and the smells of autumn make…

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The Sixteen Day Weekend

On the eve of going back to work tomorrow its time for a little bit of a round-up of the last two weeks which have seen me largely oblivious to what day it was. There was our professional photoshoot near…

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Out with the new; In with the old

One of the upsides of the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano eruption and the resulting ash cloud has been a cloudless sky, devoid of any vapour trails. Saturday began with a trip into Headington to collect 1920’s original fireplace from Nicola. Having just…

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Don’t knock him, he has a point

The TV Naturalist and Autumnwatch Chris Packham has been coming under quite a bit of stick recently for his, possibly, radical approach for conservation. The thing is, he can’t knock him really, because he speaks with his heart, in his…

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Off To Otmoor

When Em and I joined the RSPB at the far off Glenborrowdale Natural History Centre, we discovered that we had a bird reserve right on our doorstep. If truth be told I knew that there was ‘something’ in the Otmoor…

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Springwatch: Revitalised

We like Chirs Packham. He’s a wildlife geek but he’s great. He’s just the right kind of balance between knowledgeable scientis and personable personality. I’m not about to knock Bill Oddie ‘cos I do like him, but I do think…

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The First Chaffinch

Or at least, I think it was a Chaffinch. It certainly wasn’t a Starling, or a Blue/Great Tit, and it looked too big to be a Sparrow. Em is the one who is good with birds, and I’m just a…

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Dawn Chorus

We’ve just gone back to bed, having already had breakfast. But why, I hear you ask? As decided yesterday, we got up at half past three this morning, dressed, and wiped the sleepy-dust from our eyes, and drove up to…

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Bluebells and Trees

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Beautiful villages and Barn Owls

My mood is so much better. I didn’t touch the A34 today. Instead, I headed off via country lanes to check out houses in villages. First on my list was Elm Cottage in Blackthorn. Very charming house, but the village…

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A prickly subject

Fergus Drennan The Guardian Tuesday 18 September 2007, 12:00pm For our hunter-gatherer ancestors, the hedgehog was meat for the pot. Today, it is an acquired taste – acquired by combing the verges of roads. Making a meal of it: first,…

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Woods are for walking

A nice sunny, spring day today, just right in fact for a walk in the woods. So i headed over to Amersham – it’s not actually that far and met up with Emma, and we had a spot of lunch…

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The Friday Buzzz

Have you heard the story about the honey bee genome that’s taking world by storm? I certainly did. On Friday afternoon I pushed through the latest issue of Insect Molecular Biology in a record time of 2 hours and 26…

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