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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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A goosey gathering
By     |    Dec 15, 2013
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A goosey gathering

It is drizzling as we walk along the pavement next to the A379 between Cockwood and Starcross. A train thunders past on the adjacent track and a line of geese flap overhead, before spiralling down onto the green lawn of Oak Meadow Golf Club, which is designated as a County Wildlife Site for the birds that spend their winter here. The flock join dozens, if not hundreds of others. These [...]

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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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