Category Archives: Natural history

Circuit of Canvey Island

I joined South-East Essex Ramblers on a fascinating walk around Canvey Island on the route which will soon become the England Coast Path. Continue reading

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A brief escape to Common Wood

While Brexit raged in parliament 13 volunteers sought refuge in working for butterflies on Common Wood, Dartmoor. Continue reading

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A man who knew his mushrooms

I learnt a great deal about John Newnham, former field officer for the Ramblers, at his funeral in February. Continue reading

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Prestwood in winter

I returned to Prestwood in Bucks to do the farmland bird survey for the British Trust for Ornithology, it’s different in winter. Continue reading

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John Underhill-Day, all-round naturalist

I pay tribute to my friend John Underhill-Day, an excellent all-round naturalist, who has died aged 74. Continue reading

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The elusive bee-orchid

I got up early on 13 June to look for a bee orchid. Continue reading

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Hunt for the black poplar

I returned to Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire to meet the local Ramblers and find the black poplars. Continue reading

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