Category Archives: birds

Pond and other stuff

Over the summer holidays my family built a pond in the corner of the front garden. After replacing a wall with a hazel hedge together with a few hawthorn and honeysuckle last year, we hoped that this would encourage more … Continue reading

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BBOWT – Hitchcopse Pit

BBOWT’s Nature Reserve, Hitchcopse Pit, like Dry Sandford Pit was once a quarry. I visited Dry Sandford Pit in March and had planned to go back in the autumn but we ended up at Hitchcopse pit instead. https://appletonwildlifediary.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/bbowt-dry-sandford-pit/ Hitchcopse Pit … Continue reading

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Grey day at Farmoor reservoir

The sky was overcast with smirr – ¬†thanks to Robert Macfarlane and his ‘word of the day’ on Twitter for this word. Smirr is fine, drifting rain, so light as to seem mist- or smoke-like, but which coats evenly & … Continue reading

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Importance of hedgerows

On the Breakfast news this morning there was an article about a group of people who were unhappy that their local council has plans to demolish a large hedgerow to enable a road to be widened in the lead up … Continue reading

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Kariega Safari

To round up the holiday we ended with a fantastic Safari at Kariega Game Reserve. When we arrived at Kariega the excitement began straight away, we had to be escorted to our lodges as there was a Buffalo charging at … Continue reading

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Knysna wetlands and Coney Glen Beach

Not far from Tenqinua Treetops, where we were based for a few day, was Westford Bridge Wetlands, a great place for birds and wildlife. The wetlands are South Africa’s third most important botanical and ecological area and it holds many … Continue reading

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H3 – found her again

A quick break from my South African trip blogs to report that I have positively spotted my local Buzzard H3 again. I’ve had times when I think I have seen her, but it’s been since October 2016 since I have … Continue reading

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