South Devon Country Diary

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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:41 pm

New blog post up!
https://wordpress.com/post/ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com/142

It is easy enough to see wildlife and write about it when you can't help but trip over in somewhere like Dartmoor or on the banks of a river - but that's not to say that it isn't still there when you go to work (sadly not in the ecology or conservation sector). Taking the time to look for wild life proves that it isn't hard to make it part of your day and it makes the day better too. I think I had no more than ten minutes to myself in a much needed tea break but spotting the buzzards above made it all better.

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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:53 pm

In today's blog I am writing about a couple of really great ideas to help people get in touch with nature. For me, 30 days wild and 100 Acts of Random Wildness are a great place to start - and why limit yourself to June? Why not reap the benefits of a better connection with nature all year around? So if you need a little more wild in your life take a look here: https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/acts-of-random-wildness/

Happy Blogging!

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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:43 am

Today's blog post is up!
I hope the author of the awesome 'Too Lazy To Weed' Blog won't mind but I have taken inspiration from their words and photos to celebrate the diversity of plants and flowers in my own little garden. The 'lawn' is not going to impress any die hard gardeners but I really like it's robust variety dotted with the first spring flowers showing their heads. I have however found an invasive non-native quietly staging a coup in a nearby border so I may have to intervene somewhat to halt a total takeover.
You can read my post here: https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com ... wn-chorus/

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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:46 am

Today's blog post is up and given that we are all battening down the hatches once more #minibeastfromtheeast I thought this would be a good day to talk about nature writing. I LOVE nature writing books but realise I get slightly different things from different books. More than this, there are some that have shaped who I am and what I do. You can read my blog here: https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com ... naturally/
And if you want to share your favorite nature writing then get in touch - here or the blog!

Happy Blogging everyone (and stay warm)!

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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:36 pm

Today's blog is up!

Exploring the coast yesterday I met with some very lovely little Turnstones. These are such pretty birds, definitely worth a trip to Sidmouth :) Though I'm not sure they were very impressed with the snow - I think they migrated to get away from all of this!

Read it here: https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com ... urnstones/

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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:13 am

New blog post up!

Today's blog is about the experience of a snowy Wetland Birds Count - not the biggest count list or population recorded, in fact, it is among the lowest I have seen, but definitely the most dramatic I have seen this landscape looking!
Blog and photos here: https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/for-the-love-of-birds/

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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:55 am

I have a couple of new blog posts to share with you:

Today's is about the buff-tailed bumblebee but also about bee names, have you ever thought about how many are named for their chosen mode of construction?
https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com ... -busy-bee/

While you are there you can also read about the first spring sunset of the year on a Devon River: https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com ... -a-season/

and the benefits of getting stuck in traffic when there is a buzzard and a kite overhead:
https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com ... ched-pair/

Happy Blogging!

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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:32 am

New blog post up!

Today's post is on the thorny topic of plastic, sadly all too common on our beaches and riverbanks. The focus on this marine pollutant is building exceptionally quickly, which is good, but this challenge is much more nuanced than that of the oil spills that threatened our marine ecosystems previously (and could yet still). It seems like an altogether harder challenge to overcome.
Some plastic waste we find is disgusting, some is intriguing and some tells its own story. This is what I found.
Read the full post here: https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com ... h-combing/

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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:10 am

Hi everyone,

Here is my blog post from the weekend - went in search of otters, found a forest in miniature - can't complain!
Read the blog post here: https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com ... -an-otter/

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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:00 am

New post up!
This one is slightly different as I wanted to thank the presenters at BritBats2018 conference on bat research because their work has motivated and inspired me. Their work is making such a difference to what we understand about our wildlife and how we impact on it. I learned far more than I could have hoped or expected in one short day. These are my highlights: https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com ... /britbats/

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