Sunday, 25 October 2020

To the pub and back via glorious hillside and spooky woodland

To the pub and back via glorious hillside and spooky woodland

IT’S early morning. I check on the state of my garden. All seems well. I throw out some grain for the birds. A male blackbird drops ...

Wildlife is loving Jubilee River diversion even if locals aren’t

Wildlife is loving Jubilee River diversion even if locals aren’t

MY friend Rosemary Henderson is driving the two of us east through and past Maidenhead. As we approach the outskirts of Slough, she ...

I love walking in woodland among those ever so important trees

I love walking in woodland among those ever so important trees

IN the run-up to the general election, our major political parties suddenly pledged to plant millions of trees across the United ...

Good company and lovely sights amid the mud and autumnal gloom

Good company and lovely sights amid the mud and autumnal gloom

WHAT a day it has turned out to be. The sky is blue and the vapour trails of transatlantic aeroplanes criss-cross the sky without a ...

Tales from the riverbank... how much there is to see by the Thames

Tales from the riverbank... how much there is to see by the Thames

A SONG thrush sings its repetitive, beautiful but rather mournful song early this morning. It started its solitary dawn chorus some ...

Estate which understands this precious and irreplaceable world

Estate which understands this precious and irreplaceable world

THE sun is out and I’ve many errands to run but then I get a phone call from my pal Dave Kenny, who has recently returned from an ...

I’ve always been inquistive... perhaps that’s why I love nature

I’ve always been inquistive... perhaps that’s why I love nature

I HAVE to make an early morning dash to one of the pharmacists in Caversham. On my way along Prospect Street, I notice that on the ...

Birds busy gorging on autumn berries but what’s happened to bats?

Birds busy gorging on autumn berries but what’s happened to bats?

I AWOKE to near total darkness, incessant rain and gloom as we had changed back to Greenwich Mean Time during the night. Then suddenly ...

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 ...

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 ...

What has happened to our natural springs, so important to wildlife?

What has happened to our natural springs, so important to wildlife?

I OFTEN dream of waking up in a sunlit glade with a gurgling brook as it trickles downhill. A place to relax, feel at home, soak up ...

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 ...

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Mary Berry is made a dame

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