Category Archives: Nature reserve

Starling murmurations at Otmoor

It was 3.15pm, we had been walking around Otmoor for the past two hours. The weather was cold and windy, the ground a mixture of ice and squelching mud. Even with 3 pairs of socks on each step I took … 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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Guest blog from Norfolk

Thanks to my Nan for writing about her recent visit to Norfolk After our recent camping trip to the Norfolk Broads Alex has once again asked us to do a guest blog. This trip during the June heatwave gave us … Continue reading

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State of Nature in Oxfordshire 2017

A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to be asked to do a presentation at the Launch Event of The State of Nature in Oxfordshire 2017. We decided that rather than doing a presentation on the day that … Continue reading

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BBOWT – Dry Sandford Pit

As the landscape opens up across fenland, shallow ponds and sandy cliff faces, I’m stood where there was once a warm, shallow sea full of coral, in an area that would have had a temperature similar to the Caribbean. Dry … Continue reading

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Starlings at Otmoor

After the last few miserable days of rain and fog it was nice to get out on a bright blue, clear day. The sun was low, casting golden rays across the reedbeds and reflecting off the water. We had driven … Continue reading

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The Big Butterfly Count

This is the third year I have taken part in The Big Butterfly Count, so I’m now able to start comparing the results. 24th July 2014 – I┬ácounted 9 Peacock butterflies, I Brimstone, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma. Plus … Continue reading

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