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Brian Jones

The Fox

30 August 2013 by Brian Jones

The constellation of Vulpecula (The Fox) is small and relatively faint, but ideally placed for viewing during August and September evenings.

Toad

Autumn by water

30 August 2013 by Phil Pickin

We all know autumn is a season full of rich colours on the trees and mellow fruitfulness in the hedgerows but it’s also a time during which plants and animals that live in our ponds and rivers start to get themselves ready for the coming winter.

Macrolepiota Procera

Fruits and fungi

30 August 2013 by Sheila Spence

Autumn is a great time for fruits and fungi – including one of my favourites, The Parasol.

Teal

Colourful ducks

30 August 2013 by Paul Stancliffe

During the autumn months, when their dull brown tip feathers have worn off, male ducks are at their most colourful and spectacular.

HG Wells' martian in Woking

Where the streets have no name

06 August 2013 by Walking Class Hero

Regular readers will know that I’m an enthusiastic, not to say evangelistic, urban walker who now lives deep in the heart of London’s suburbia but I find the word 'urban' a bit limiting.

Dandelions

Golden season

01 June 2013 by Sheila Spence

We all hope for a ‘golden summer’ so here are some ‘golden’ wild foods to look out for at this time of year. Easily recognised, but usually passed by, are the golden flowers of Dandelion. The fresh young leaves can be used in salads and sandwiches, for making an herbal tonic or even fermented beer.

Grey heron

Waterway wildlife

01 June 2013 by Phil Pickin

Beyond much slower ‘traffic’ and a supply of water, the footpaths and embankments that line our canals and waterways provide green spaces – both for wildlife and walkers.

Nightjar

Summer birds

01 June 2013 by Paul Stancliffe

Some of Britain’s most iconic birds can be found during the summer months. Most arrive during the spring but are what we refer to in birding circles as summer visitors, birds like the Cuckoo, the Swallow and the Swift. However, it is not all about icons, the summer months are also the best time to see some of our most fascinating birds – birds like the Nightjar and the Woodcock.

Brian Jones

Summer stars - Draco

01 June 2013 by Brian Jones

Draco is a constellation which appeared in the star catalogues of astronomers over two thousand years ago. It depicts the dragon slain by Hercules during one of his twelve labours.

Paul Stancliffe

Birdwatching Spring 2013

03 March 2013 by Paul Stancliffe

Spring is always an exciting time to be out and about looking for birds – and one of the best ways to enjoy birdlife is to visit distinct habitats.

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