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Phil Pickin

Signs of spring

03 March 2013 by Phil Pickin

For many people spring is a favorite time of year - new growth gives the countryside a fresh green hue and new life evident almost everywhere you look!

Brian Jones

Spring Stars

03 March 2013 by Brian Jones

Although not particularly bright, Polaris lies in an area of sky devoid of bright stars and therefore stands out quite well.

Christopher Somerville

Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: Q

01 March 2013 by Christopher Somerville

Q is for quicksands – The oddest place I’ve ever walked, by a country mile, is that ‘most dreadful gulfe and shippe swallower’, the Goodwin Sands.

Eugene Suggett enjoying the North Sea, Dengie Peninsula

Deceits of lapwings

20 February 2013 by Eugene Suggett

The unadorned Essex coast may lack the huge cliffs of Cape Wrath, and the dunes of Norfok or Lincolnshire. But the sights from Dengie’s uninterrupted sea wall conjure an atmosphere of their own.

Thames Path

In praise of the Thames Path

28 January 2013 by Sarah Gardner

The feel of the sun soaking through my coat is a joy I'd almost forgotten, as I make my way to Hampton Court to meet the London Strollers. This afternoon they are walking to Richmond, via Kingston, following part of the 184-miles of Thames Path.


Seashore foraging

12 December 2012 by Sheila Spence

If you are walking by the shore this winter look out for the small shellfish locally available; cockles, mussels , winkles and the lovely long razor clams can be enjoyed throughout the winter months; they all have an ‘r’ in them.

Phil Pickin

Winter tracks

12 December 2012 by Phil Pickin

Winter can sometimes be thought of as a quiet and uninteresting time of year when it comes to wildlife, but there is more out there than you might think – it’s just a matter of knowing what to look for.

Brian Jones

Wintry skies

12 December 2012 by Brian Jones

The winter night sky contains a large number of brilliant stars, making it easier to pick out the various star patterns.

Paul Stancliffe

A Waxwing winter

12 December 2012 by Paul Stancliffe

As the weather turns colder the thoughts of many a birdwatcher turn to those birds that live to the north and east of the UK – birds from northern Scandinavia, north-western Russia and Eastern Europe.

Christopher Somerville

Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: P

28 November 2012 by Christopher Somerville

P is for poetry – although I really ought to have filed it long ago, under ‘D is for doggerel’. Why is doggerel always seen as the poor relation of poetry?