Monthly Archives: May 2019

An alien cross

I enjoyed the Dartmoor Preservation Association’s pre-AGM walk but was not pleased to find a large cross on the top of Sheeps Tor. Continue reading

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Success at Common Wood

I was delighted to see at least three Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary butterflies on Common Wood. Continue reading

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Coloured counties

I enjoyed a walk on Bredon Hill listening to birds. Continue reading

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Pooley’s peregrine

I like going to County Hall in Aylesbury in spring as there’s the chance of seeing a peregrine. Continue reading

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Opening the coast

Seventy years ago today a House of Commons committee debated the inclusion of coastal access in the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Bill. Continue reading

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Jingle-jangle morning

I was up early this morning to look for corn buntings near Lodge Hill at Bledlow in the Bucks Chilterns, and was at the start of my walk by 6.30.  As I crossed the fields the skylarks were singing, with … Continue reading

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Okehampton bypass inquiry: 40 years ago

It is 40 years since the 96-day Okehampton bypass inquiry opened. Continue reading

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The Rivington Pledge

Thirty years ago today, more than 3,000 demonstrators pledged to trespass on land owned by water authorities if public access there was not protected in the Water Act 1989. Continue reading

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No turtle doves (but lots of warblers)

Although there were no turtle doves at Otmoor on 5 May, there were nine species of warbler, hobby, bittern and much else. Continue reading

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Dawn chorus at Warburg

On 2 May I was up in time for the dawn chorus at Warburg nature reserve in south Oxfordshire. Continue reading

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