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Corfe Mullen: Recording a Disappearing Dorset Village
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    The first day of a new year. It feels so clean and fresh, like I’ve been given a book with hundreds of blank, pure white pages just waiting to be filled. This year I’ve decided to fill a few of those pages with wildlife, and more specifically wildlife from my own garden. Big, small, loud … Continue reading A new challenge: wild garden wildlife 365

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    The sun made a welcome appearance yesterday and spurred me on to walk to the jackdaw and rook roost in the afternoon. It’s not the first time I’ve tried to watch them recently. Twice last week I’ve tried to drive to my favourite vantage point, and twice I’ve been thwarted by flooded roads (seeing a … Continue reading The jackdaw roost draws me back

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    Three more for my Wild Garden Wildlife 365 Challenge (#WGW365). Two golden lovelies on the bird feeder; Goldfinch (front) and Siskin – neither of them are common in my garden, so they’re welcome additions to my list… … and at dusk tonight I was drawn away from the kitchen by a fluted song, high in … Continue reading Golden birds and a fluted song at dusk #WGW365

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  • 01/03/13--14:37: A one-eyed monster? #WGW365
  • No not really, it’s just a fox. I first noticed only one of its eyes was lighting up in the infra-red light of my trail camera about a month ago. I hadn’t noticed it before, and will need to look at video from last summer to see if it was happening then. It could have … Continue reading A one-eyed monster? #WGW365

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  • 01/04/13--07:15: Meet the wild neighbours…
  • They aren’t rare or unusual but sometimes your “neighbours” are the backbone of your wildlife garden. I might despair at the squirrels for stealing all the bird seed from the feeders and trying to steal eggs from nests, but in the depths of winter five minutes watching one methodically searching for buried nuts in the … Continue reading Meet the wild neighbours…

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    Two bullfinches (male on left, female on right) and a blackbird refereeing. Day 5 of my Wild Garden Wildlife 365 Challenge Filed under: Birds, Dorset, wgw365, Wildlife, wildlife uk Tagged: Birds, Dorset, garden, wgw365

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  • 01/06/13--01:20: The breath of a badger
  • The badger came last night. Nothing unusual in that, one tends to come most nights (I can’t help smiling every morning when I see that they have been, and get nervous when they miss a night), but this badger is quite distinctive. He’s got little ears. In fact, compared to some of the badgers who … Continue reading The breath of a badger

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    Every time a jackdaw lands in the garden, or on the roof next door, I wonder if it’s George. Standing at the window I know this jackdaw can see me. He runs up the tiles and stands on the gable for a second looking my way, then slowly he takes to the sky and is … Continue reading Every jackdaw could be George

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  • 01/08/13--10:33: Dreaming of Dorset Otters
  • I’d love to report that I’ve been out watching otters, but the truth is I’ve been stuck inside this week working – so to cheer myself up I’m posting a beautiful video of Dorset otters by Hugh Miles. I was there when some of this was shot, so it brings back very happy memories. If … Continue reading Dreaming of Dorset Otters

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    After a depressing week of rain, cloud and generally messy weather, yesterday’s blue skies were a welcome change. Proper sunshine filled my office at home, and somehow the world didn’t seem quite so bad. It was also the day my friend Steve was coming over to put up the tawny owl nest box he’d made … Continue reading Tawnies, jackdaws and a dawn chorus at dusk

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    What a brilliant Sunday. It started cold but sunny, so I made my mind up to go in search of otters on our local river. I’d forgotten that the river would be so swollen (after a whole day of rain yesterday), but luckily I had my welllies and managed to slosh my way through the … Continue reading Sunshine, winter otters and nosey badgers

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    I should be working. It’s 11.33 am on a Friday morning and my mind keeps wandering back to my walk last night. No point fighting it… I need to get it down on “paper” then maybe I can concentrate on some work! It wasn’t a planned walk. I’d had a lovely Valentine’s Day, surrounded by … Continue reading My favourite time of day… a walk at dusk

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  • 12/29/14--11:50: In need of a reminder
  • I don’t know about you but as the years pass (and seem to blur) I can never remember what I’ve seen when, so this year to jog my memory here’s some highlights from January/February 2014. Hopefully some of these will make an appearance VERY soon. The wild year started slowly in my patch but by … Continue reading In need of a reminder

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  • 06/01/15--08:06: Day 1: #30DaysWild
  • I’ve signed up to the Wildlife Trusts #30DaysWild Challenge this month – and will be trying to commit acts of random wildness for the whole of June. So watch out! Day one, and the weather wasn’t ideal but at lunchtime I did  manage to slip away from my desk for 30 mins to sit with … Continue reading Day 1: #30DaysWild

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  • 06/02/15--11:38: Day 2: Bumble in trouble
  • We’ve all read the newspaper headlines saying bumblebees are in trouble and their numbers are declining, well today, in a small and insignificant way, I was able to help one as part of my #30DaysWild Challenge. I’ve been thinking a lot about “my wild life” today, and realised that the wildlife REALLY important to me … Continue reading Day 2: Bumble in trouble

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    Day three of the Wildlife Trusts #30DaysWild Challenge and it started with a wild run on what I’ve just found out is “national running day” (didn’t know there was such a thing!). Since I started running a couple of years ago I’ve always hated running on pavements and around the local housing estates (where’s the … Continue reading Day 3: Running, owls and butterflies

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  • 06/04/15--10:52: Day 4: A rubbish spider
  • Sorry, that should read “rubbish” AND a “spider”. I used to think all spiders were rubbish (actually I used to run a mile from any that got within 3ft of me) but I’ve grown to love them just a little bit over the last few years when I’ve had the chance to watch and photograph … Continue reading Day 4: A rubbish spider

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    Day 5 of my #30DaysWild challenge was spent eagerly awaiting the release of this film about solitary bees. I wasn’t disappointed. This really is well worth watching. Enjoy!]Filed under: Wildlife Tagged: 30dayswild, Bees, film

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  • 06/06/15--08:25: Day 6: Getting tired
  • Day 6 of my #30DaysWild adventure has had it’s up’s and down’s. It often gets to this time of  year and I start feeling slightly sad that we’ve already seen the best of spring. Don’t you ever feel like you want to stop the world and get off for a bit? Days, weeks and months … Continue reading Day 6: Getting tired

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  • 12/30/12--00:15: The sound of a winter garden
  • Click on the orange arrow above to play the audio file. How many different species can you hear? Here are some of the birds that you have been able to identify: Wood pigeon, blackbird, robin, jackdaw, crow, coal tit and mistle thrush (thanks to Steve Davis and others for listing what they heard!). Not bad … Continue reading The sound of a winter garden

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