Sunday, 25 August 2019

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 Scientific Interest and can be accessed on foot from the road that runs north towards Chinnor. This particular hillside...
Nature notes

Nature notes

MAPLEDURHAM is a very old place indeed, how old I don’t know but it is quite a serene hamlet. The Elizabethan house and watermill are quite rightly famous but as we depart from St Margaret’s Church I’m more taken with the little almshouses to our...

From nearly standing on a snake to seeing a rare gem at the roadside

From nearly standing on a snake to seeing a rare gem at the roadside

I HAVE boarded the no 25 bus in Prospect Street, Caversham, with my mother Maggie. We’re heading north through Emmer Green and Sonning ...

Common spotted, fragrant and pyramidals... orchids everywhere

Common spotted, fragrant and pyramidals... orchids everywhere

SWAIN’S WOOD is a nature reserve in Buckinghamshire and leased to the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust by the ...

Nature reserve on my doorstep makes me feel happy (shots excepted)

Nature reserve on my doorstep makes me feel happy (shots excepted)

AFTER a pretty wet spell, things have brightened up somewhat so I decide to visit the nature reserve on my doorstep, Clayfield Copse ...

Returning to an old haunt in search of botanical rarities

Returning to an old haunt in search of botanical rarities

HAVING not been there for some years, my friend Dave Kenny and I decide to visit Warburg nature reserve at Bix Bottom. We are not ...

Hartslock nature reserve: flower-rich gem akin to terrestrial heaven

Hartslock nature reserve: flower-rich gem akin to terrestrial heaven

ONE of my mother’s little robins is looking distressed. Hugging the side of my right foot, he is not interested in any food, he just ...

An abundance of common wildflowers and a single rare one

An abundance of common wildflowers and a single rare one

THE sun has definitely got his hat on today. It is Tuesday, May 21 and so wonderful, bright and clear that it brings cheer to the ...

Apart from pond life, the wildlife is looking good round my way

Apart from pond life, the wildlife is looking good round my way

I HAVE seen my first dragonfly of the year in my garden in Emmer Green. It was whizzing around and about with such speed and dexterity ...

Warbler’s marvellous melody encapsulated beautiful landscape

Warbler’s marvellous melody encapsulated beautiful landscape

I HAVE read in the press that going for regular walks in the countryside is of great benefit to mental health. I’m sure it is. I’m out ...

David throws birthday party for his 60-year-old tractor

David throws birthday party for his 60-year-old tractor

THERE are many fans of vintage vehicles in this area but one man has taken his interest to another level. David Keeley, from ...

Ten years ago...

A WOMAN says she has been made a prisoner in her own home by rats. Barbara Fenn is refusing to use her back garden in The Close, ...

Hidden Henley

Hidden Henley

THIS must be one of Henley’s most hidden places since all that passers-by can see is the fine embellishments at the entrance gates. ...

Twenty five years ago...

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