Red grouse on the inglorious 12th

A couple of weekends ago I was planning to go to Dorset to find some raft spiders, but for various reasons I had to cancel that trip and instead I ended up in Yorkshire. The first day was spent up on the North York Moors and the date was the 12th of August, the start…

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Great crested newt

I recently had the opportunity to photograph an adult Great crested newt (under license) properly for the fist time using my photo aquarium and natural light. I have seen the photo on survey many times, but this was the first time I had found one in the day time and when I had my set…

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Rainy day at Penearth Farm

The second day of my holiday was a bit damp and a trip to Seaton beach (the one in Cornwall) was a disappointment – grey shingle with a nice river, sadly covered in double figures of dogs ensuring there was no bird life to be seen! The cliffs behind the sea wall look interesting botanically…

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Freshwater Inverts at Old Hall Marshes

A couple of weekends ago I was kindly allowed to tag along on Colchester Natural History Groups outing to RSPB Old Hall Marshes. I went along with Pam and Peter, two of the best aquatic ecologists in Essex and we surveyed the borrowdyke near the sea wall. One of the things we found were my…

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