Category Archives: Natural history

My kind of bunting

On 2 June the villages were adorned with bunting, but I sought another type of bunting. Continue reading

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Ouzel hunt

There were no ring ouzels up Tavy Cleave, but I was pleased to see whinchat and cuckoo, and to hear some groppers. Continue reading

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Where are the wood warblers?

I visited White Wood on Dartmoor but was sad not to hear any wood warblers. I hope I was too early and they’ll come. Continue reading

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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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Barn owl bounty

Barn owl at dusk, a great treat. Continue reading

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Au revoir, Hil

My friend Hil Marshall has retired as land manager for the Dartmoor Preservation Association; I pay tribute to her. Continue reading

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A visit to the Hemingfords

In the summer I visited Hemingford Grey in Cambridgeshire to see where the old houseboat Reggie used to be moored. Continue reading

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Chiltern or autumn?

The Chiltern gentians are prolific this year on Cobstone Hill. Continue reading

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Dusk at the top of the wood

It was peaceful at dusk at the top of the wood. Continue reading

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Greenwich oasis

Memories of better times: the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is a pretty special place. Continue reading

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