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GOB 138 – Autumn Woods

This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine December 2020 There is nothing quite like a walk in the woods in Autumn. The pattern of the leaf litter is a thing of immense beauty. Nature creates pleasing forms and consistent shapes … Continue reading

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GOB 137 – Country Life Matters

This article first appeared in the November 2020 edition of Birdwatching Magazine Given that the majority of people think that access to the countryside is a necessity, and that many more people started needing nature in their lives in the … Continue reading

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GOB 136 – Hidden Objects

This article first appeared in the November 2020 edition of Birdwatching Magazine In my capacity as an opinionated loudmouth, I have several times lately been invited to the opening of new facilities at reserves. This follows requested diversity and disability … Continue reading

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GOB 135 – Green Police

This article first appeared in the October 2020 edition of Birdwatching Magazine During lockdown an unprecedented number of wildlife crimes happened in the UK. Given that, since lockdown has eased crimes of violence in general have shot up (excuse the … Continue reading

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GOB 134 – Buggers

This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine Autumn 2020 Many years ago, when staying at a B&B in the highlands I overheard some chaps at a neighbouring breakfast table discussing their plans for the day. I leant across and asked … Continue reading

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GOB 133 – Black Birds & Black Lives

This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine August 2020 The sound track of lockdown for me, and I suspect many others has been the song of the Blackbird. His melody has raised my spirits daily and no doubt upped my … Continue reading

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GOB 132 – When the dust settles

This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine July 2020   After the epidemic what happens next? During the crisis there have been benefits to wildlife, but there have also been increased pressure. We have been polluting less, killing less on … Continue reading

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GOB 131 – Non Sequitur

This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine June 2020 I’m completely mystified by people being less concerned that the end of the world is nigh than they are that we should spend our final days deciding our own lack of … Continue reading

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GOB 130 – Flexecology

This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine May 2020 Suddenly the world and its dog are eating mock meat and planting trees to save the planet. I hear you raise a cheer. Mine is rather more muted. I’ve not eaten … Continue reading

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GOB 129 – Wake up and smell the smoke from the rainforest

This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine May 2020 We know what’s wrong and how to put it right… so why are governments fiddling while the world burns? Another season with homes flooded, many for the first time ever in … Continue reading

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