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GOB 160 – Super Natural Encounters

This article first appeared in the October 2022 edition of Birdwatching Magazine Recently, the Somerset Levels were declared a Super Nature Reserve. The conservation efforts of the RSPB and others have paid off with an avifauna not seen since the … Continue reading

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GOB 159 – Famine & Feast

This article first appeared in the September 2022 edition of Birdwatching Magazine My postage stamp yard was hard gardening through April into May… watering is a pain if your garden is 90% pots and containers. Warm dry weather is one … Continue reading

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GOB 158 – If I can’t be with the ones I love…

This article first appeared in the August 2022 edition of Birdwatching magazine Frustrated by spouse dictat, I was not birding. Spring clean-up in the garden had progressed nicely so winter’s frost-spawned gaps in the pots and flowerbeds needed filling. So, … Continue reading

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GOB 157 – Waki Racers

This article first appeared in the July 2022 edition of Birdwatching magazine Does Akira Miyawaki mean anything to you? A sumo star perhaps, or maybe a character from the Lion King? It meant nothing to me until recently, which is … Continue reading

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GOB 156 – Wastewater Wetlands

This article first appeared in the June 2022 edition of Birdwatching magazine My coastal conurbation has more blue-flagged beaches than anywhere of equivalent size in England, enjoyed in the past by the likes of Charles Dickins and JMW Turner, who … Continue reading

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GOB 155 – Land Lovers

This article first appeared in the May 2022 edition of Birdwatching Magazine There are three types of farmers. There are money grabbing agri-businesses that put profit above people and would rather greenwash than change. Then there are farmers who see … Continue reading

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GOB 154 – Bold Birds

This article first appeared in the April 2022 edition of Birdwatching Magazine I keep a year list… I could say it’s citizen science, comparing each year to see how the planet is doing, and how the birds are faring in … Continue reading

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GOB 153 – Five To Midnight

This article first appeared in the March 2022 edition of Birdwatching Magazine I’ve not eaten meat for around thirty-five years. My decision was not sentimental, although animals should be treated well even when they are walking meals. I knew it … Continue reading

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GOB 152 – Ecological Police

The Ecological Police are a unit of the National Panama Police. They are in charge of ensuring the safety of all of Panama´s protected areas. Every day, they walk hundreds of miles patrolling during day and night, in order to … Continue reading

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GOB 151 – Tidelines & Guidelines

This article first appeared in the January 2022 edition of Birdwatching Magazine Driving back from a pleasant morning’s Autumnal birding I pulled tight over to the roadside hearing a siren and seeing flashing blue lights approaching. Traffic parted like the … Continue reading

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