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Not quite the end
By     |    Jan 4, 2014
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Not quite the end

Izzy and I have had a wonderful year of wildlife watching together – we have visited some beautiful places and seen some amazing sights. But, things didn’t always go to plan and we didn’t always see what we set out to see – we failed on half a dozen occasions find Water Voles and the late spring ruined several planned trips, including one to see Snake’s-head Fritillaries. At times, when Izzy [...]

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Winter ducks at Slapton Ley
By     |    Jan 3, 2014
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Winter ducks at Slapton Ley

A wave takes me by surprise and, dragging Izzy with me, I scurry back up the beach, water lapping at my ankles. Having learnt our lesson, we wander, hand-in-hand, along the shingle shore at a safe distance from the water’s edge. We pause often, to build miniature houses out of large, flat stones for pebble people, to inspect shells, or seaweed, and once, to study a sea wash ball more closely. [...]

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Fox watch
By     |    Dec 1, 2013
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Fox watch

We stare out of my parents’ dining room window at a Fox, which is sitting in the field opposite the house. It takes a little while to realise that there is another Fox a few metres away from the first. I hold Izzy at my hip, so that she can see. “What’s that in the field?” I prompt. “Fox!” She cries. “Yep, two Foxes! Sunbathing, look!” One of the Foxes, [...]

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Discovering woodland butterflies
By     |    Jul 21, 2013
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Discovering woodland butterflies

Glad to escape the glare of the midday sun, Izzy and I follow the waymarked path through the cool conifer forest to a clearing filled with chirping grasshoppers and butterflies on the wing. Supercharged in the heatwave, the Meadow Browns and Large Whites zoom through the soupy air above the wildflowers, never pausing long enough for us to get a good look or a photograph. “Another butterfly!” I cry, each [...]

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A peaceful Bluebell wood
By     |    May 23, 2013
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A peaceful Bluebell wood

            We almost didn’t make it out today. Izzy threw the mother of all tantrums as we left the house and refused to sit in the car seat. But, I knew it boiled down to tiredness and that once she’d had a sleep in the car she would be fine, so I persevered and now, sitting happily amongst a haze of Bluebells, the tantrum is easily forgotten. [...]

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A trail of ants
By     |    May 19, 2013
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A trail of ants

Izzy has had chicken pox, so this week we have mainly stayed indoors. Cabin fever had definitely set in and it feels good to be outside now. We follow a grassy path lined by Common Dog-violets and Bluebells. When Izzy stops to smell the flowers, I notice some Broom hiding amongst the golden Gorse. Izzy wants to touch a Black Slug and there are a few of those around at [...]

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Lizards in the dunes
By     |    May 6, 2013
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Lizards in the dunes

It is the bank holiday weekend and Dawlish Warren is teeming with tourists, but away from the dodgems and the fish and chip shops, a little bit of wilderness can be found. Between the golf course and the beach is a strip of sand dune habitat that few holiday makers ever reach. We trek from the car park through the nature reserve, passing a pond containing Canada Geese, Mute Swans [...]

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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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Fossil hunting
By     |    Mar 3, 2013
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Fossil hunting

We cross the footbridge over the River Char, Izzy mimicking the female Mallards that quack below us, and spot Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtails flitting about the shack that serves as a beach cafe. Izzy is excited to find a large piece of driftwood, which I help her to climb over. Then, she spots the water and with a shout of “Sea!” runs towards it, tripping over the pebbles in her haste. She splashes [...]

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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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