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Just popping back a hundred million years…

It’s not often you get the chance to jump in the car, drive for fifteen minutes or so, step into an ordinary house in an ordinary street, and arrive 100 million years before even your most distant ancestors were the proverbial twinkles… The adventure began as Robert, guardian of the ancient treasure, sat me down at his suburban dining table, ...
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Birthday Treats

In my last blog post I said I was listening, and somebody or something has definitely spoken, and been heard! This week - my birthday week - I’ve had two of the most glorious days of my life, visiting two special places, experiencing the natural world in all its Spring vibrancy, and meeting some friendly people. The first of these ...
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The time is now…

In case you thought it was, climate change is no longer just one of those issues a few hippy folk drone on about. Even if you were not a climate change denier, you may have been unwilling, unable, or uniformed enough to realise the seriousness of the situation. Now, as Spring unfolds (a new Spring? a different Spring?), the UK ...
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The Curious Tale of the Performing Water Vole

I'm thrilled to report that three pieces of my nature writing are to be published in an anthology later this year, so I thought I would celebrate with one of those pieces here. And any excuse to post photos and words about water voles suits me! So here they are: As with many of the other native British species I’ve ...
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Death, Dying and a Death Cafe

Generally, in our day-to-day lives, death and dying is not a common topic of conversation. In our fumblings and mumblings when we do try to talk about death and dying - or listen to someone else who wants to talk about it - we're just not very good at it in our society. We'll often say something about there's always ...
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Winter Floodland

The warning sign at the side of the road tells me the bridge ahead over the river is closed, because of recent flooding. For the last half an hour or so, I’ve been driving aimlessly around, trying not to go home, because there are boring tasks to do. I prefer to be out - even in a car – in ...
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Low tide, low clouds, low light …

Today's full moon low tide is exposing areas of the beach normally covered by the sea. I walk, and walk, and watch and wonder. I enjoy the effects of low banks of heavy cloud and patterns of low winter sunlight. Bladderwrack covered reefs, one as tall as myself, are there to be explored: to study close-up, to feel with fingertips ...
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Winter Storm

What a wild wind this morning. What a furious sea. Thrashing and crashing against the sea wall. Further along - technically the beach, but most of its sand is on the pavement above - bubbles of seafoam dance on the curving surface of the sea’s kaleidoscope of jetsam. There are piles of kelp and weed, twigs and branches, whole and ...
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