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Woodland heronry
By     |    Feb 23, 2013
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Woodland heronry

I peer out of the bird hide’s window, trying to pinpoint the source of the guttural, dinosaur sounds that are filtering through the woodland and see, in the very tops of the oak trees, a dozen giant, grey birds sitting in the branches and tending their messy stick nests. It is early in the season, but Swell Wood contains the largest heronry in the south-west and in April, when breeding [...]

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Finding frogspawn
By     |    Feb 16, 2013
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Finding frogspawn

Izzy starts to jiggle excitedly in her carrier as we approach Tottiford Reservoir. “Bath!” She cries, pointing at the water, “Bath! Bath!” I explain to her that the water is cold and deep, not like a bath at all, then put her down to walk amongst the Rhododendrons. A few minutes later she stops to stare at the mud that has dirtied her shiny purple shoes. I show her that [...]

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Birds of marsh and farm
By     |    Feb 10, 2013
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Birds of marsh and farm

Beyond the desolate car park and sorry-looking mini-golf course of the flood-damaged Swan’s Nest pub we find Powderham Marshes RSPB Reserve. Led by a noisy guide in flashy lime attire, a Green Woodpecker, we follow the path around the field edges. A couple of Mute Swans, these ones so different from the bold birds we met at the quay last week, are resting by a stream, next to some Canada [...]

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A murmuration of starlings
By     |    Jan 2, 2013
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A murmuration of starlings

2nd January 2013 Our first adventure. I start getting anxious before we’ve even arrived. I phoned the ‘starling hotline’ earlier in the day, so I know where to go and the weather is good, thank goodness, but we have been delayed by road works and if we are too late we will miss the entire spectacle. I keep my eyes glued to the sky, but there is not a starling [...]

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