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AUTUMN

It’s that time of year when our summer visitors have gone and most of the winter ones have still not checked in, so it seems fairly quiet on the wildlife front.  But 15th October is sunny and warm and we have loads of bees and a small tortoiseshell on the…

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It’s time to look at the ponds

Four spotted chaser I must admit I’ve been a bit busy lately and have only just got around to checking out the ponds near my house. Someone has put fish into the one nearest, which is not good news for the great crested newts which, apparently, will desert that pond…

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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

It’s been a few years since we were able to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch. At this time of year, we’re usually off on our travels so it was nice to take part this morning and spend an hour recording our avian visitors. As it happened, we had…

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Thank you again for your donations!

I managed to squeeze in 5 wildlife presentations before covid put paid to the rest of my 2020 schedule. Still, from those talks plus the sale of my images and 2021 wildlife calendars, this year I will have sent £518 to zarach.org, plus US$50 which was paid to the website…

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Norfolk in June

I was mistaken when I thought June would be balmy in Norfolk.  I soon lost my shorts in favour of something warmer and, yesterday, donned my body warmer, coat and fleecy hat.  An easterly wind blowing off the North Sea was bitter at times, despite some sunshine.  And, whether it…

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Plenty of harriers

We’ve been on a working holiday to the Charante Maritime in France and managed to squeeze in a couple of trips down to the wetlands on the D18 near St Jean D’Angle.  There are loads of raptors down there, including kestrels, buzzards and marsh harriers, and smaller birds such as…

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2 Days in Florida

We had a couple of days in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this month and found the Arthur R Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge on the internet.  An Avis hire car and 40 miles or so later, we arrived at the visitor centre.  The reserve is part of the northern Everglades close…

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