Category Archives: England

Why Watch Wildlife – The quinquennial review

I was quite surprised to realise today is five years since my first post on this blog. It’s been an interesting journey. Advertisements

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Brexit, Henry VIII, and a real threat to our environment

I’ve largely stayed off politics on the blog the past few months but today, a week after the Article 50 notification and the ‘triggering’ of Brexit, it seems timely to raise an ongoing threat to our natural world this poses.

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Vote Remain for Nature and the Environment

As most readers will know, whether in the UK or not, on Thursday Britain’s electorate will be polled on whether or not to remain a member of the European Union. It is possible to read a million-and-one opinion pieces on … Continue reading

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In praise of the British coast

Apparently visits to the British coast have declined by 20% across ten years, from 62% of people visiting the coast at least once in year in 2005, down to just 42% now. I find this really depressing. The coast of … Continue reading

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A final few words on Northumberland

As this is my blog, I can do whatever I want. So I wanted to close with a few thoughts on the part of the world. It’s also an excuse to post a few images I had no other use … Continue reading

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There is a season, tern, tern, tern…

Yesterday I had a brief sprint through some of the birds I spotted around Alnmouth. Today, I’m going to focus on a couple of species in particular. Terns have always been a favourite of mine, beautiful, elegant and graceful, yet … Continue reading

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A brief look at Alnmouth

I spent last weekend in Alnmouth, in part exploring the estuary of the river. This is the first of a few posts inspired by the trip. As the picture above shows, it’s a lovely little village that could be bracketed … Continue reading

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An open letter to Liz Truss and Amber Rudd

The general election is done and dusted, and against all the predictions and polls we have a majority government. Not only that, we have the bulk of the government we had before. There’s a lot of hand-wringing over this, but … Continue reading

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Chaddesden Wood LNR, Derby

At the weekend I took a trip down to Derby, where I like to wander through the Chaddesden Wood Local Nature Reserve. While the area has plenty of great birdlife, including a range of warblers (I saw/heard Chiffchaff, Blackcap and … Continue reading

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Is the badger cull finally collapsing?

This is my 99th post, I’ll have something different for the 100th. For now though, yet more on the badger cull… At the weekend I wrote about how poorly the badger cull had gone, and how the government and DEFRA … Continue reading

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