Monthly Archives: June 2016

Loose ends

‘The village is strewn about the sides of a little combe, interlaced by numerous rivulets’. So Nikolaus Pevsner wrote of Loose, just south of Maidstone in Kent.  I enjoyed visiting there recently with Hilary Hunt, daughter of Pat Wilson, the late, great … Continue reading

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South Downs champion retires

A tribute to Phil Belden, who has worked for the South Downs National Park for many years and done a brilliant job for us all. Continue reading

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The birds still sing

There is comfort in nature in difficult times Continue reading

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Last time round

Last time we had a referendum on Europe I seemed to be in blissful ignorance. Continue reading

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Birds know no boundaries

Birds transcend boundaries and so should we. Continue reading

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Eyes and ears on public paths

In 1991 Cambridgeshire police recognised that public paths benefit security. Continue reading

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Kites across the road

I used to have to go into the woods to find the baby kites that hatched in the Chilterns, but now they are fearless.   This week there was a baby calling in the tree opposite our house in Turville.  The adult … Continue reading

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Hazeley Heath, a special protection area

One of the best parts of my job with the Open Spaces Society is visiting commons with land managers who wish to consult us about what they hope to achieve.   I was pleased to be invited by Leigh Wallace of … Continue reading

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Singing in the rain

Today I did my late visit for the British Trust for Ornithology’s breeding bird survey, the birds kept singing in the rain. Continue reading

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Sunny Jim remembered, ten years on

It is ten years since Jim Martin died: Jim was chairman of the Dartmoor Preservation Association. Continue reading

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