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South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:35 pm

Welcome to my little blog. I love exploring the countryside where I live (in South Devon) and learning more about the wildlife I share this landscape with. From birds to bats, and frogs to ferns as long as it gets me out of doors I am interested. This is what I will be writing about here: https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com

I am still learning and I don’t always know exactly what I have seen but that’s actually the exciting part. We have such amazing documentaries, books and conservation parks nowadays that if you want to see the animal close up in fine, slow-motion detail, you can. And trust me, I watch and read and visit as much as anyone. But in some ways, that skips a few critical steps. You see, if you go and visit an otter, there is no build up, no uncertainty, no element of chance. Yes, you learn a lot quicker, and you see the whole animal and hopefully some behaviors and signs too. But you miss out on the hours of fun that can be had staring at distant buoys, floating wood and other debris in the vague hope that it turns out to be an otter. You miss the coincidences of going looking for one thing and coming across another. You miss the feeling of incredible satisfaction, maybe even elation, that you were the incredibly lucky person to be in the right place at the right time to see the elusive animal you were after. And ok, the soggy little brown thing sloping off into the distance that you glimpsed for just a few seconds could well be a bedraggled house cat (link goes to external satirical source) but it is in the looking, not the seeing that you reap the rewards.

I won’t be endlessly writing about the status of our wildlife, unless it adds to the story in some way, but we have to admit that many of out native species are not as abundant or as widespread as they once were, nor as they might need to be to respond to future change. If we only interact with our wildlife through screens or enclosure fences then we risk missing out on a lot and maybe we wouldn’t even notice if they were gone.

So that’s why I am going out in search of our wildlife. To say a little ‘hello’ if they will let me. And if not? Well I got some fresh air and a nice walk anyway. That’s also kind of why I am writing this blog. I take a lot of inspiration from natural history writers and it was from them I unlearned my compulsion to see nature as an internal tick list. So you didn’t see something rare today…so what? Did you value what you did see? Did it add to your understanding or appreciation of the world? If it did, then your day was surely a success.
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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:42 pm

Here is today's blog featuring some brightly coloured lichen : https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/erm-so-why-are-the-rocks-yellow/
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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:45 pm

The snow came to Devon last week, with some drama for me, though It was gone almost as soon as it arrived. Read my blog post here: https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/freeze-thaw/
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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:35 pm

The vestiges of last week's snow lie along field margins - the snow bones of the beast: https://wordpress.com/post/ithinkisawan ... ss.com/107
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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:05 pm

New blog post:

I sometimes write on the road and then forget I have it for a few days – this is one of those times and I would have got away with it were it not for the tell tale weather clues (d’oh!). Still, Rooks are under-appreciated and fascinating creatures, so I’m still going to share this: https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/rooks/

Happy blogging!

Emma
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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:24 pm

New blog post!

In my latest blog post I talk about the lesser periwinkle (and the common periwinkle a little bit) as an unexpected resilient little flower. Read it here: https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com/2018/03/07/as-resilient-as-a-lesser-periwinkle/

Happy blogging!

Emma
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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:24 pm

Today's post is now up!

A short one today - bright and cheery gorse in the spring sunshine - what a change from last week!

Read the post here: https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/gorse/

Happy Blogging!

Emma
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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:43 pm

Today’s blog post is up!

I think this is one quite a few people will relate to as I am discussing the slow process of learning to watch birds and the excitement when you do realise what you are looking at. They don’t have to be big or showy, they don’t have to be loud or unusual, but the more you know about a bird and can recognise them quickly and easily, the richer the experience. I still have so much to learn, but that’s part of the fun too :)
Read the full blog here: https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com ... net-earth/

Happy blogging!

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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:02 pm

Today's blog post is up!
I was at Yarner Woods NNR in South Devon today - plenty of spring wildlife sightings around (sadly no otter signs) but some new bud burst and some flying frogspawn (yes, I do mean this). It's great to see signs of spring already!
Read my full blog here: ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com/2018/03/10/a-pot-of-gold/

Happy blogging!

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Re: South Devon Country Diary

Postby ejcc » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:49 pm

Today's blog post is now up! Read it here:
https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/speed-birding/
This time I am combining my love of nature with my love of running by spotting birds on a half marathon route in North Devon. Writing this blog has helped me to appreciate just how easy it is to include some wildlife spotting in your day - whatever you are doing. Not only is it a great way to feel closer to nature it can sometimes help you to get through tough challenges (OK this was self inflicted.. but still!). Have you found the same?

Happy blogging everyone!

Emma

PS Yesterday's post was a Mother's Day special. My mum would often take us to feed the lambs when we were growing up so the post features some local specialties - the Devon Pink. (Don't worry - no sheep were harmed in the writing of this blog).https://ithinkisawanotter.wordpress.com/2018/03/11/this-ones-for-ewe-mum/
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