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Wild About Gardens 2017 – Go wild for bees

In October I wrote about an excellent new campaign called Wild About Gardens, and how they were encouraging us to garden for the benefit of wildlife. Rather confusingly, it’s back for 2017, but now a year-round campaign rather than a … Continue reading

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National Nest Box Week 14-21 February

Next week is National Nest Box Week, something the British Trust for Ornithology have been promoting for around twenty years now, and a simple way you can help wildlife.

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So you want to be a birdwatcher… Part 4 A few final thoughts

So to close this little series, a few final thoughts: You may see people in hides with massive cameras, telescopes, tripods, and binoculars that look like they could be mounted on a tank. Do not feel inadequate. You are not … Continue reading

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So you want to be a birdwatcher… Part 3 Heading Out

So you have your ‘bins’ and your pocket guide. You have practiced in the garden and in the park. What next? Well, next is your first proper birding walk. Pick somewhere local, ideally a route that allows you to take … Continue reading

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So you want to be a birdwatcher… Part 2 Equipment

So, what do I need to be a birdwatcher? Technically, nothing. You can watch birds in a garden or a park with absolutely no special equipment. You go somewhere, you pay attention, you look, you listen, you learn. You need … Continue reading

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So you want to be a birdwatcher… Part 1

Every now and again people ask about getting into birdwatching, what they need, how they learn the birds. So this week I’m going to make a couple of posts that constitute my personal ‘guide’ to getting started. The advice is based on … Continue reading

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The sounds of silence – rarely silent

I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of listening recently, and of how crucial it is to any wildlife watching you do. Some of this has been prompted by the current nightly sound of Tawny Owls outside the house. When … Continue reading

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