Category Archives: Natural history

Ian’s day

On 10 June friends and colleagues of the late Ian Mercer gathered on Dartmoor to celebrate his life. Continue reading

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Hanging in the wind

At Otmoor I saw marsh harrier and hen harrier simultaneously and then a Cetti’s warbler. A good day. Continue reading

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They will not be moved: Save Beeliar Wetlands

The campaigners against the Roe 8 highway, which threatens the unique Beeliar Wetlands in Western Australia, will not give up. Continue reading

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The road to nowhere: save Beeliar Wetlands

Campaigners against Roe 8 highway, which will destroy the Beeliar Wetlands near Perth, Western Australia, are taking court action. Continue reading

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My bird year 2016

In 2016 I saw 120 bird species and heard four, mainly around Turville, Otmoor, Little Marlow and Dartmoor. Continue reading

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Ian Mercer: national-park giant

Ian Mercer, the first Dartmoor National Park Officer and first chief executive of the Countryside Council for Wales has died aged 83. Continue reading

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Restful Otmoor

‘Thinking about your visit here today, what did you enjoy the most?’ asked the RSPB questionnaire in the Otmoor hide in Oxfordshire.  I could have said the bright kingfisher flying from its lakeside branch over the water and back to … Continue reading

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