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My Local Patch
Willowbeck - my little patch. My local patch is not in the middle of the countryside. It doesn’t have a serene babbling brook where only dippers can be seen bobbing on the rocks scattered through it. It doesn’t have a pristine, native woodland towering up to the sky, where pied flycatchers...
9 Jul 2015
Hidden Gems - Wildlife Species in the UK Often Overlooked
There are some species in the UK that are completely overlooked, or often, shrugged off as common or even pests. These are the species you never see on posters, or the front cover of nature magazines. The species smeared with the term “common” in the field guides. For some serious naturalists...
15 Jun 2015
Little things to Make a Big Difference - Climate Change
Climate change. These days, its two words you hear almost every day. The problem is, although it seems a depressing subject, it's something none of use should ever ignore, especially the younger generation, as it's now up to us to try and fix it! So, what, really, does climate chance do to...
29 Apr 2015
Clackety clack, lets have some chat
There's a rail-line at the bottom of my garden. I welcome the comforting rumble of trains carrying people to and from Liverpool Street. I also welcome the wildlife roaming the embankment; and the blankets of spring bluebells; the birds turning their heads as trains approach; and the cloaking canopies...
27 Jun 2012
Sowing seeds for a greener London
Have you ever stared at the side profile of City Hall? For years now I've wanted to stick a sparrow's head on it's teardrop shape, as it it would make a wonderful giant sparrow. A monumental nod to the cockney sparra's brave and chirpy character and its similarity to the London...
26 Nov 2012
Do you say 'fall' or 'autumn'?
Autumn has fallen. Not with the gentle floating of a golden-brown leaf settling gently on the ground, but the subtlety of a lead pipe delivered by a cold-blooded thug. With a resounding thwump, leaves have carpeted the ground overnight, falling only slightly faster than the temperature. Not that I'm...
24 Sep 2012
Counting, food and the power of individuals
Look out the window right now. Do see any house sparrows? I don't. In the nineties, London lost seven out of every ten sparrows and there were fears the cockney sparra could soon be extinct in the Capital. Bear in mind that this little grey and brown bird has more or less colonised the world,...
3 Jul 2012
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