Monthly Archives: May 2014

A ménage of manèges

Horsey activities are fine in the right place, but our Chiltern valley has got enough.  That’s why I was delighted when Wycombe District Councillors overturned their officer’s recommendation and refused an application for stables, manège and associated works at Pheasants Hill, … Continue reading

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Do not disturb!

Two similar paths in the Turville valley have received very different treatment. The surface of Ibstone footpath 5, which runs from Turville north east to Ibstone church in the Buckinghamshire Chilterns, on land owned by the Wormsley (Getty) estate, has been disturbed … Continue reading

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Pinner Green pinched

Pinner Green is a small piece of common land, the apex of a triangle between Blackwell Hall Lane on the east, and Green Lane on the west, near Latimer in Bucks.  The common could easily be overlooked but, since the Countryside … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage to White Wood

It looked an unpromising day, with gusting wind and frequent heavy showers, but it was my last chance to visit White Wood on Dartmoor while the wood warblers might be singing. So today (12 May) I grabbed the chance and went to the wood, … Continue reading

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Summoned by Pat

Last summer Pat Wilson (who has died aged 97, see here) wrote asking me to speak at an informal tea at Meopham Village Hall, to celebrate her life when she had gone.  She was so anxious to hear that she … Continue reading

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Otmoor revisited

Much as I love the Chiltern beechwoods I felt it was time for a change of bird- scene, and so on the May bank holiday I ventured back to Otmoor in Oxfordshire to catch up with some wetland birds.  I knew … Continue reading

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Sycamores no more

Every day when I go to work, at the Open Spaces Society office in Henley, I park my car at the back of the town and walk through the residential area to Bell Street in the centre.  My walk is … Continue reading

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Return to Prestwood

This morning I was up at 5.30 for the first of my two annual breeding bird surveys (BBS) for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).   It was a year since my last early survey, which I described here, and an … Continue reading

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