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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Number of visits made = 90 During the twelve month period ending 31st December 2019, I made 90 ‘recording visits’ to the Wood. Three or four others working and a couple that are not documented in this blog, but I can’t remember why or excuse this. In all I spent somewhere in the region of […]
Black Bryony and the Jaggy Creel. Dawn, and a mist rises from the lake by the big house, and a small cloud inversion hovers over the source of the River Enborne. It lifts and mingles with a plume of smoke from the biomass wood boiler, and all is caught in the most ethereal, golden light […]
A Guest Post by Clive Bennett ‘See—the hawk, after going nearly out of sight, has swept round, and passes again at no great distance; this is a common habit of his kind, to beat round in wide circles. As the breeze strikes him aslant his course he seems to fly for a short time partly […]
In response to a recent post about rats, the following poem was left as a comment by John Fortune, who blended my words and those of my friend Audrey Campbell to make something new and fine which deserves a post of its own – thanks John… . We’re yet to imagine The perfect death for […]
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