Author Archives: Bo

GOB 109 – Now Then

GOB 109 – Now Then This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine October 2018 Watching the Great-crested Grebes dancing across the mirror smooth lake surface was a seminal moment; it didn’t turn me into a birder, but it rather cemented … Continue reading

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GOB 100 – Birding

GOB 100 Birding This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine February 2018 Like my childhood self I am in awe of the vast blueness of sky over the summer reed-bed. Is this ineffable depth, breadth and beauty God? Unknowable and … Continue reading

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GOB 99 – Tree Huggers & Tree Muggers

GOB 99 Tree Huggers & Tree Muggers This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine January 2018 Who could resist running one’s hand along the skin-smooth bark of a beech tree or hugging a hornbeam? Can anyone doubt the primal pleasure … Continue reading

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GOB 98 – Field of View

GOB 98 Field of View This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine December 2017 When I wrote the piece I called ‘Snap Happy Birders’, I knew I had set the neighbour’s cat amongst my pigeons, but I didn’t expect the … Continue reading

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GOB 97 Garden Cities

GOB 97 Garden Cities This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine November 2017 I watched the World Athletics Championships Marathon wending its way through the historic streets of the City of London and was struck by two things over and … Continue reading

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Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter A tribute to Al Batt I knew it was March because the hares were going mad. They were haring across the fields. Three hares chased each other, stopped and thought about it and then chased each other back … Continue reading

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GOB 96 Tales of the Unexpected

GOB 96 Tales of the Unexpected This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine Autumn 2017 Outside a summer gale is rocking every bush in my tiny garden… this seems to be an inevitable consequence of sweeping the patio and clearing … Continue reading

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GOB – 95 Tales of the Riverbank

GOB 95 Tales of the Riverbank This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine October 2017 Boxing is brutal with many more losers than winners. One might argue it saves tearaway teenagers from a life of crime, but, in a progressive society … Continue reading

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GOB 27 – Birding For All

GOB 27 – Birding For All This article appeared in the January 2012 edition of Birdwatch Birders beware! I am about to ride a hobbyhorse and shamelessly promote an initiative I took ten years ago that still needs to sink … Continue reading

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GOB 94 – Crop Rotation

GOB 94 Crop Rotation This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine September 2017 Half a century ago, a Malaysian friend told me of his dream. He wanted to write, but first needed to earn enough money to buy a small … Continue reading

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