Summer for me starts with the first of the Spring and Summer migrants - Swallow, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff, although the very early ones of the latter may have overwintered. Soon followed by Swift, which for almost as long as I have been in North Wales - 25 years now - have turned up on May 12th.
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2019 / 64 Butterfly Transect Week 15 Hot and muggy, with spells of thick cloud. Light S-SW breeze F3 at times. With Simon Holloway The weather has been rather stuck the past week, and I feel we are in need of rain. While the vegetation is currently rich, warm and green there are signs […]
Telling a Grandfather from a Heronshaw. There is a heaped pile of grey-blue serge on the edge of the road ahead. Like a discarded RAF uniform perhaps. I try and puzzle it out as I walk nearer. Things aren’t often what they seem, and it pays to pay attention. Once, on this very spot, a […]
Simon Coleman The South Downs. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/east-sussex/south-downs/articles/The-South-Downs-pub-walks/ The following passage from Richard Jefferies’ autobiography, ‘The Story of My Heart’, provides a perfect example of how a particular landscape can induce a calm and creative state of mind. The landscape in this case is chalk downland, where sharp valleys can suddenly cut into wide stretches of […]
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