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Rocky Shore Treasures

It is a number of years since I last paid any real attention to life on our local beaches, but I had the opportunity to discover some new treasures, as well as re-acquaint myself with previous discoveries, amongst the rocky outcrops of Southerndown beach last week.
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CPRE win landmark battle

Fantastic news as CPRE win a landmark battle to protect an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from housing development
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A Day in the life of an environmental consultant - Nov 2017

Watercress munching sheep were one of the issues I faced at work in November.
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Autumnal Garden

The weather has adopted a decidedly autumnal feel since the recent passing of the equinox, and the change has brought a lovely collection of birds back to the garden. ... n-visitors
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More Black Mountain moths

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I was out one night in late November to help photograph and record moths on Black Mountain in Canberra. The variety of their colours and forms continues to amaze me: ... -post.html

Do go out and try close up photography of moths.

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Wild Writing in Wessex - How Writing is an Act of Wildness

Three lovely women join me for a Wild Writing Workshop. We try to define what ‘the new nature writing’ is: its ancient roots and tradition; its resurgence and the reasons (and need) for it. And we try to define something that, in its wild essence, defies catagorisation. But we come up with some characteristics.

Nature writing is about connection and celebration and it’s about loss (personal and environmental) and that is nothing new. It’s about ...
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Rain and shine

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Two days ago it was heavy rain, today it was sunshine. This brood of frogmouths fledged today, well last night really as they are nocturnal: ... t-was.html

What a wise move to sit out the rain day and wait for sunshine for the first day away from the nest.

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For the love of trees: Celebrating National Tree Week

I have an enormous old tree stump that I hoisted many years ago into the branches of a sycamore tree outside my living room window in the hope of attracting owls to nest in it. Over the years it has been home to barn owls, kestrels and tawny owls. And I have painted them again and again perched at its gnarled entrance.

Then this month a surveillance camera I have trained onto the stump captured ...
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Frogmouth fledglings

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Six weeks ago I posted a feature on the first brood of Tawny Frogmouths to fledge in my study area, in Canberra. How they have grown, yet they are still dependent on their parents: ... grown.html

Good to see they are still alive and well.

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Winter Wildlife: Watching a fox mousing in snow

Late one winter’s evening as I was driving home from a long day out watching owls, I noticed something moving by a straw stack. I stopped my car in time to see a fox slinking round the back of the stack. Dusk was just settling over the snowy landscape, but I pulled over and reached for my rucksack which was already packed full with my cameras.
I crept slowly and carefully towards the straw ...
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