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Many naturalists can, without hesitation, pinpoint a seminal childhood moment that triggered their interest in wildlife. These are rarely events of high drama, but quiet, private, but mind-blowing tipping points. I recently heard wildlife enthusiasts on Radio 4 remembering theirs. They included: witnessing a kingfisher catch, kill and swallow a fish...
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A group of nine children, an assortment of parents, on a sunny afternoon in a park in north Leeds… what better opportunity for making ice-cream in a bag? We’d got the recipe out of a newspaper, so it was simply a matter of filling an ice-box with sugar, salt, ice-cubes, chocolate milk, bowls, napkins and spoons. The secret? It’s all...
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Bea’s lovely little film on the different bee buzzings at the bottom of the garden. I will close my eyes and listen more carefully.
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I’m ashamed to say that in all the years I’ve lived in Yorkshire, I’d never quite made it to Middleton Woods to see the annual glory of native bluebells. This year, I put that right, and took the boys to run through the sea of blue.
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