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How many must fall?

The days are shorter and noticeably chillier. Elders are heavy with berries, squirrels dash about secreting winter food supplies in the lawn and ravens croak mournfully from the leafless branches overhanging our house. There are signs of an industrious mole in … Continue reading

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Truly wild at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo may be globally renowned for having the largest Chimpanzee colony in Europe and an exciting Asian elephant breeding programme among its astonishingly diverse animal collection, but as I discovered on a recent visit, the grounds are home to many … Continue reading

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Wall and Wheatear on the wing

The Great Orme rises behemoth-like from the sea and sprawls along the north west of Llandudno as if biding its time before slipping noiselessly back into the water and sinking beneath the waves. This prehistoric limestone headland is rich in … Continue reading

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Little black nimbus

This morning, Azure damselflies whirred attractively over the pond in search of small flying insects; tiny olive-green froglets crawled through the undergrowth towards the water and butterflies fed languidly on buddleias, thistles and ragwort as the sunshine bathed our garden … Continue reading

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When the swallows fly low…

We have spent several weekends at Fronalchen Caravan Park on the outskirts of Dolgellau. This small, family run camp site is quite basic but its picturesque location affords magnificent views of Cadair Idris, the old market town of Merioneth and the … Continue reading

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The bird of night did sit

Over the past week or so, young Tawny owls (Strix aluco) have been vociferous from dusk until well into the night. For a species so notoriously difficult to see, the fledglings’ squeaks seem to resonate noisily from every corner of … Continue reading

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Halcyon days

At 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, I was deeply involved in reading a novel when I was disturbed from my reverie by a familiar ‘peeep, peeep’ sort of sound in the garden. I carefully made my way to the window, raised my binoculars and … Continue reading

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