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Pain and peregrines
With some apprehension I'm sitting waiting to have a trapped nerve resolved by an Osteopath and, looking from the clinic window I spot two peregrines . The pair I've just spotted are plastic decoys on a roof in Hackney's Broadway Market. Presumably put there to scare off pigeons. I seem to...
7 Sep 2009
The Thames is central to my world this week. On Tuesday I'll be at our Rainham Marshes nature reserve downstream of central London at Purfleet, still within sight of Canary Wharf. Led by TV presenter and Londoner Bill Oddie , we'll be celebrating its tenth birthday as a nature reserve. ...
9 Jul 2010
Wild about what's missing
Where are my swifts . I'm seeing them wherever I go, but the ones that normally play in the sky over my house are simply absent. I know we've a bit of a crisis looming with swifts, and that plans are afoot to try to resolve it... but where are my swifts. With upheaval in the workplace...
21 May 2010
I've almost filled the freezer with this year's blackberries . Big juicy ones plucked from brambly hedges in Ye Olde Hackney town. Now I know what you're thinking. How dare I deprive the poor birds of all that deep velvety berry goodness. Well, I'll make sure I make up for...
5 Aug 2011
pre flight chicks
Not quite chocks away but ... Yes the season of peregrine chicks is upon us and soon London's skies will be full of these magnificent creatures swooping and diving and testing their flying skills. Sadly not all of London's peregrines successfuly bred this year. Eggs were washed out on one...
14 May 2010
Kingfisher nil, Watervole 1
A new report out this week says water voles are making a comeback after their population slumped 90%. Just this last Wednesday I saw one - photo on the right - chewing on a fresh green leaf at our Rye Meads nature reserve in the Lee Valley. It was right by the path and didn't seem at all worried...
18 Jun 2010
Plenty of peregrines
It's been a busy old week on the peregrine front. The Chichester Cathedral peregrines got off to a great start on Wednesday with two baby wood pigeons making a surprise appearance after toppling out of their nest (both were fine in the end) and then another male came in to try his luck yesterday...
15 Apr 2011
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