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A churchyard rookery
By     |    Apr 6, 2013
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A churchyard rookery

It is Easter Saturday and we are outside Crediton Parish Church (otherwise snappily known as the Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross and the Mother of Him who Hung Thereon), but we are not here for religious purposes; we are just here to watch the Rooks. Izzy, dressed in an Easter Bunny costume, is carrying a feather she has found on the newly mown grass and wandering happily amongst the [...]

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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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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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