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The homogenizing of nature

Homogenization means to make something 'uniform or similar', it is a concept with connotations of blandness and repetitiveness. It could easily be applied to Britain's high-streets, which are increasingly becoming rows of identical big-name franchises - every town in the... Continue Reading →

An evening with Owls

John and I are standing next to the river Adur, close to the point where it breaks through the line of the South Downs. The river is tidal here, with embankments holding it to its sinuous shape, stopping the water... Continue Reading →

So, what are Bee-flies all about?

A few days ago I went for a very nice walk around a nearby reservoir in what was unseasonably very warm sunshine. The warmth and light had predictably brought all the insects out to play; butterflies were gliding past me,... Continue Reading →

Still feeling the loss of Britain’s extinct fauna

Why is habitat management necessary? Why can we not just leave nature to its own devices and let it regulate itself? Members of the public walking past a coppicing team in a woodland often ask why we have to cut... Continue Reading →

Spring birding at Gatwick

I've come across a new (for me) wildlife site not far from where I live, it's great, a huge sewage treatment works sits slap-bang in the middle of it giving off the most horrid odours that come in nauseating waves... Continue Reading →

Birding in Chichester Harbour

Low, grey Nimbostratus clouds were scraping along the tops of the South Downs, they were also drizzling a miserable mist of rain onto the windscreen as we drove south towards the coast on what was looking to be a perfect... Continue Reading →

Why is nature good for you?

A new scientific report from the University of Exeter has been shared widely on social media and wildlife news sites in the past few days and I thought I might share a few thoughts on the subject it brings up.... Continue Reading →

More Waxwings!

The other day I took note of a phrase coined by a fellow blogger - iago80 - when referring to a quick birding trip, he called it 'smash and grab birding' and I think that that very well applies to... Continue Reading →

Blackcaps in Winter

I currently have a male Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) in my back garden, he has been there for at least two weeks now, probably longer. Every time I see him he is either rummaging in the dense ivy that entwines a... Continue Reading →

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