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Nature Notebooks

Wild West

26th October 2018

A warm mid-October day gave the lad and I the chance to pack a picnic on the bikes and head out for a quick spin through Denton Dene, a wooded […]

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Fungi, fruit and haws

8th October 2018

There is no denying that autumn is now upon us and Waldridge Fell has changed its coat again. The heather has gone over, the bracken and trees are turning orange, […]

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Autumn on Longframlington Common

3rd October 2018

The place on the Common which I head for at this time of year, camera in hand, is Shirlaw Woods, where the fungi are enthusiastically throwing up their fruitbodies. These […]

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Fruit and Nut Served Warm

14th September 2018

The sunny end of an early September school day gave my son and I a chance to explore Walbottle Brickworks Local Nature Reserve on the western edge of Newcastle city. […]

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Spring 2018 at Crowtrees Local NR

3rd September 2018

2018 has been an odd year.  An extended period of cold weather in the winter and early spring meant things were very slow to start growing.  In February, despite walking […]

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Introducing the 10 miles of Druridge Bay

15th August 2018

The sweep of Druridge Bay itself, some eight kilometres of sandy littoral a little to the south of Amble in Northumberland, is part of a coastline between the estuary of […]

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August is a purple month

10th August 2018

As we crest the hill of high summer and look down the slope towards autumn changes are occurring daily. This has already been a remarkable year – and we are […]

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Introducing Crowtrees Local Nature Reserve

30th July 2018

My interest in Crowtrees Local Nature Reserve dates back to a morning early in January 2016.  The reserve is just a couple of miles from home, up the steep side […]

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Introducing Rimside Moor & Longframlington Common

18th July 2018

The moors north of Longframlington – Rimside Moor & Longframlington Common – are unremarkable Northumbrian sandstone moorlands, having been intensively managed in the pursuit of grouse, grazing and cheap timber […]

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Introducing Waldridge Fell and Daisy Hill Local Nature Reserve

11th July 2018

Sacriston, where I live, is a former mining village halfway between Durham City and Chester-le-Street. Lying between Sacriston and Chester-le-Street are Waldridge Fell and Daisy Hill Local Nature Reserve. Waldridge […]

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