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Springtime on the moor
By     |    Apr 26, 2013
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Springtime on the moor

On Dartmoor, the birds are singing. Meadow Pipits burst into the sky, pouring their hearts out, then parachute down to the ground again, whilst Skylarks belt out endless arias and Yellowhammers, perched in bare thorn bushes, chant ‘a little bit of bread and no cheese’. I hold Izzy’s hand as we climb the hill, aware that this is Adder country and that it is sunbathing weather for snakes today. We [...]

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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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An accidental Adder
By     |    Mar 25, 2013
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An accidental Adder

Sometimes you have to search long and hard for wildlife. Sometimes, it is just a case of being in the right place at the right time. We are in Pembrokeshire on holiday and it is a beautiful sunny morning. Izzy has walked a long way already, with a brief playground stop, from the cottage in Newport down to the Nevern Estuary. Mute Swans, Canada Geese, Wigeon, Mallards, Teal, Little Grebes [...]

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Daffodils at Dunsford
By     |    Mar 24, 2013
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Daffodils at Dunsford

The week has passed in a flurry of snow and sleet, so, when the sun shone this morning, and I felt its warm rays on my face for the first time in months, it was as though a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Wanting to make the most of the clement weather, I head to a favourite spot of mine, Dunsford Woods, with Izzy, Ben and Bramble in [...]

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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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