Monday, 18 November 2019

Respect for earthworms and funghi as we can’t live without them

Respect for earthworms and funghi as we can’t live without them

WORMS. Yes, I’ll say that again, worms, or more specifically, earthworms. Without these simple creatures we’d have no soil. Some people recoil at the thought of a large squirming invertebrate at the end of a garden fork but our planet could not exist...
The days may be shorter and colder but nature still provides...

The days may be shorter and colder but nature still provides...

AUTUMN is well and truly here. We passed the autumnal equinox way back on September 23 and the days are now noticeably shorter and chillier. However, I have to say that I will always prefer to live here, with our seasons and the variety that they...

Sun-filled woodland is stunning example of natural regeneration

Sun-filled woodland is stunning example of natural regeneration

AS I step out this morning a skein of maybe 30 Canadian geese are flying overhead in perfect formation and with such precision that ...

Too windy and wild for a river trip but there’s plenty to see on land

Too windy and wild for a river trip but there’s plenty to see on land

THE wind is blowing hard and there is more to come, maybe with greater ferocity. I don’t really mind as long as I do not fall victim ...

Ancient Chiltern landscape that inspired poets... and now me too

Ancient Chiltern landscape that inspired poets... and now me too

IPSDEN is a small, isolated village in a beautiful vale almost unparalleled in the South. The Ridgeway and Icknield Way both run ...

I recommend this exquisite riverside garden for a peaceful stroll

I recommend this exquisite riverside garden for a peaceful stroll

1911 was the year in which Caversham was ceded to the borough of Reading, having formerly been the southernmost outpost and village of ...

Graveyards providing refuge for wildlife among the dead

Graveyards providing refuge for wildlife among the dead

I HAVE long been worried about how our treasured wildlife will survive as the years roll by and have a particular concern about our ...

Where have our once common native birds disappeared to?

Where have our once common native birds disappeared to?

SITTING in my garden a few mornings ago, I noticed a change in some of the birds’ behaviour. The once territorial instincts of the ...

From the survival of species to the destruction of others, that’s nature

From the survival of species to the destruction of others, that’s nature

IT is a wonder how varied the means our wild plants deploy to set seed for a new generation. In midsummer the foxglove relies on the ...

If only country litterbugs would disappear like the migrating birds

If only country litterbugs would disappear like the migrating birds

IT is early evening and looking up at the sky I notice that the swifts have gone, a kind of augury for the onset of autumn. I miss ...

Natural charms of this Chiltern escarpment are priceless

Natural charms of this Chiltern escarpment are priceless

SHIRBURN HILL is located about a mile north of Christmas Common and a mile south of the M40. It is another glorious Site of Special ...

Woodland vandals should have more respect for our natural heritage

Woodland vandals should have more respect for our natural heritage

IF you go down to Lambridge Wood tonight you may be in for a big surprise. Motorcyclists unconcerned about the fact that these woods ...

Lady B’s ‘back garden’ is natural wonderland in the Chilterns

Lady B’s ‘back garden’ is natural wonderland in the Chilterns

WHEN you love nature as much as I do, and have the chance to share your enthusiasm by writing about it, life can sometimes take quite ...

Rich meadow of flowers and insects almost too wonderful for words

Rich meadow of flowers and insects almost too wonderful for words

MY good friend Matt Coome picks me up from home. On Monday last week was St Swithin’s day and it did not rain so according to folklore ...

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A CHRISTMAS wreath- making session will be held at St Mary’s Church in Wargrave on December 5. Participants are invited to enjoy a glass of wine and canapés from 7.30pm. Tickets ... [more]

 

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HELPERS are needed to take part in the annual autumn leaf collection at St Mary’s Church in Wargrave on Saturday, November 30. Work will start at 9am and people are asked to bring ... [more]

 

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