Monthly Archives: January 2022

Ian Mercer’s life celebrated

I was delighted when the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) accepted my offer to write an entry for Ian Mercer.  I first met Ian in 1973 when he was about to become the first Dartmoor National Park Officer, and … Continue reading

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Elsie’s centenary

On Elsie Gaskell’s centenary, I describe a book about her father which explains why she was an access campaigner. Continue reading

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Waterperry peril

Waterperry footpath 11 is dangerous to use, but Oxfordshire County Council does nothing. Continue reading

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A not-so-common gull

A rewarding visit to College Lake on 1 January. Continue reading

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My bird year 2021

My bird total for 2021 was 119, which wasn’t bad considering travel was so restricted. Continue reading

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