Whole sections of dead-hedge washed away. Fish in the field. Dragonfly-pond liners flipped like pancakes, and decking scoured off the education pond. While a few wood mice somehow survived by sheltering under the mini-beast trapdoors, the poor harvest mice didn’t stand a chance, and the barn owl and kestrel will go hungry. But Rodley Nature Reserve...
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Rodley Nature Reserve Leeds Flooding

Posted by on December 27, 2015
27 Dec 2015
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Thursday 21 August: BEECHEY ISLAND 06.30 Boris wakes us up early to tell us there’s no need to wake up early. 09.30 Zodiacs to the desolate and history-soaked Beechey Island. It’s snowing, the bay is fog-thick. (Bizarrely, there are two yachts here already, supposedly doing a round-the-world trip but in reality stuck here, waiting for the...
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I loved interviewing Jim Brandenberg. The conversation covered everything from re-wildling, the politics of conservation, human fears of wild animals (eg wolves) to the healing power of nature, and for him, of nature photography – and of course his heady years as a National Geographic photographer. My article is up on the Natural History Unit’s...
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Narwhal at Milne Inlet: Charles Kinsey All over the bay, little patches of water bubble, and then we see the mottled backs lumping through the water. Stitch the lumps together in your imagination and you’ve got some kind of giant, multi-humped sea-caterpillar inching through the surf. And so, for the next hour and a half, in a calm, sheltered...
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Cow and Calf, Ilkley

Posted by on September 9, 2013
The Cow and Calf rocks offer a reliable good day out, a fantastic place for rock-scrambling, walking and stream-paddling, with stunning views over Ilkley. And (at last!) there are new and rather smart toilets near what used to be a tea-shack… now a proper cafe.  
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What’s this whopper of a mushroom?

Posted by on September 5, 2013
Look at this handsome specimen! (The mushroom’s quite nice, too…) Can anyone ID it?  
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That impossible beach

Posted by on August 30, 2013
It’s 97 km from the nearest coast, but Gaddings Dam has got a corner of sand that’s silky enough to lie on, firm enough to make a castle out of, and pervasive enough to get in your sandwiches. From what other beach could you enjoy a startlingly beautiful view over the south Pennines? Because at 240m above sea-level, you can look straight...
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Everyday wildlife: lime hawkmoth

Posted by on June 30, 2013
Found in a friend’s front yard.
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