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Now that winter really is here we had all better start looking out for the birds.
Now that we have had a bit of rain the low lying meadows in the Kennet Valley have been transformed. A walk there shortly after dawn was almost magical.
I get the feeling few people like to see pollarded willows.
It might have been wet and it might have been windy, but it hasn’t been cold.
Hushwings is a name rarely used these days to describe the barn owl.
On one day this week I was lucky to have a chance to visit two completely different woodlands.
It is amazing how two consecutive mornings can be so different.
Now that summer is definitely over, the winter wildlife is here. Most of it is sitting bemused in this little heatwave wondering what on earth is going on.
You may have noticed there are very few swifts about now. House martens are far less common all of a sudden and the chance of seeing a tern by the river is remote.
Blackberries are one of the greatest treasures of the British countryside.