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Winters first appearance

After an almost uninterrupted balmy Autumn of breathtaking mildness, bar a brief spell of 2-3 frosts, the jet stream has become increasingly amplified and has finally tipped under the UK (rather than in summer mode - to its north, as it has been for much of the autumn). This is…

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Just enjoyed a quiet weekend

Just enjoyed a quiet weekend, before the craziness of the advent period. My wife and I went for a beach walk yesterday in beautiful North Norfolk, and remarked just how it mild has been. Especially yesterday, so mild in fact that children were building sandcastles and paddling about in the…

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COP 26

The last climate conference was marred by Ostriches and the evil minded - peddling fake news that climate change is a hoax. Even From my own evidence of weather data - it shows the warming and when I recall my late father’s account of learning his ice skating skills on…

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Viper

Viper – I spotted this fine specimen, one of the 3 British species, crossing a coastal path. The snake, which grows to about 30 inches (76cm) long, is common throughout mainland Britain. Their red mouths look scary, and they are our only venomous snakes, but they are not aggressive –…

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Environment Bill – Amendment 66 Ancient Woodlands – Perspective Please

The hot news update regarding the proposed change to the buffering of Ancient Woodlands, from 15m to 50m has been rejected, but will be given more protection within the NPFF. Is this good news? It is true that Veteran trees do not always exist on the edges of an Ancient…

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Wilding Book

I  recommend   Isabella Tree's book on re-wilding, which deals with the project at Knepp. This has been incredibly successful with using ancient breeds of cattle, pigs and other livestock. They have also had large gains in numbers of birds and butterflies, most notably Turtle Dove and Purple Emperor butterfly…

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Indian Summer Return Heralds Winter

By the 8th October, a Scandinavian high will migrate south & west for little vacation before winter bites: That’s good for us in October, because it will bring dry air, soft mellow sunshine, blue skies and mellow fruitfulness, like a vaccination against the dark days of cold to come. We…

Reptile Translocations

We began moving reptiles from one of our sites to their new home a few weeks ago, and it’s a job that requires speed, accuracy and some nerve! In the last couple of weeks, we have successfully translocated over 60 juvenile and adult slow worms, as well as numerous grass…

Badger Sett

Badger Sett

We are currently in the process of monitoring and then closing a badger sett at one of our sites in Suffolk to ensure no badgers are on site during the construction phase of small scale development. This avoids any harm being done to this protected species. Several potential badger holes…

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