Wildlife and Words

A Scathing Review

I love reading and I love books. To not finish a book that I have started is not something I enjoy doing and in fact comes near to sacrilege, but on a very small number of occasions I have done... Continue Reading →


A day of Raptors on the Downs

From autumn through winter, the South Downs attract a great diversity of birds of prey, some of which travel from the other end of the country or even from across the sea. This great open, rolling landscape which strokes the... Continue Reading →

Birding Delights at Dungeness

I have often written on this blog of what a unique place Dungeness is and how great it is for birding, especially in winter when it regularly attracts scarce birds that can be tricky to see elsewhere in the South-East.... Continue Reading →

What is a Tit really?

Blue, Coal, Great, Marsh, Willow, Crested, Long-tailed, and Bearded - Britain's titmice are among the most familiar, colourful and well-loved of all the country's birds. Who doesn't love to watch Blue Tits performing acrobatics on the feeders? Or watch the... Continue Reading →

Purple on the Pier: a trip to Newhaven

When you're new to birding it can take a while to realise that a lot of English bird names are nonsense. Mute Swans aren't mute, Black-headed Gulls have brown heads, Common Gulls aren't common, Marsh Tits live in woodland, Barnacle... Continue Reading →

Dawn birding by the river

The train slid through the night like a luminous caterpillar. The carriages rattled, the rails sparked. I peered out of the window; the shape of the approaching downland ridge was just an ink-black bulk against the purple-black canvas of the... Continue Reading →

Winter birds in stubble and hedge

A west wind was blowing, teasing its way through the bare treetops and carrying on its back a wide band of cold, cluttered clouds full of intent. I knew it would rain before long, so I hurried my pace. My... Continue Reading →

A birding trip to the middle-east (of Sussex)

Birding in winter can be very rewarding, there's usually lots of fab birds to see. The trade-off is that pretty much every time you go out you will have to put up with the generally awful and unpredictable British weather.... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on a birders perception of beauty in birds

Last Friday I had several great wildlife moments whilst on a walk around a West Sussex heathland. The first was getting a glimpse of two Woodlarks, a scarce breeding species, as they flew up from the heather in front of... Continue Reading →

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