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GOB 149 – Wild As Anything

This article first appeared in the November 2021 edition of Birdwatching Magazine A couple of decades ago I was involved with a project which provided camps on a ‘farm attraction’ for inner city kids. It wasn’t in the least surprising … Continue reading

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GOB 147 – Poo Ponds

This article first appeared in the September 2021 edition of Birdwatching Magazine Over the years I’ve seen some excellent birds at the least salubrious of places. Back in my twitching days my ‘lifer’ spotted crake was in a dirty puddle … Continue reading

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GOB 148 – Rivers of Bad

This article first appeared in the October 2021 edition of Birdwatching Magazine When I was a lad Dad used to take me fishing… on one memorable summer day he fancied pike fishing on a backwater on Kent’s River Rother. This … Continue reading

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GOB 146 – Rites of Spring

This article first appeared in the August 2021 edition of Birdwatching Magazine You might be planning your next overseas birding jaunt, but Hawkeye is not ready to brave the dangers of a post-covid world. Perhaps in Autumn I can tempt … Continue reading

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GOB 145 – Whitewash, Greenwash & Eyewash

This article first appeared in the July 2021 edition of Birdwatching Magazine The epidemic taught us that the wild world does best when we shut ourselves in and hardly travel. We also learnt that while nature is best left to … Continue reading

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GOB 144 – Back in the Fold

This article first appeared in the June 2021 edition of Birdwatching magazine I try to avoid politics in these pieces… as you might suspect I’m as rampant in my politics as I am in everything else. However, the recent change … Continue reading

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GOB 143 – A Natural Spring

This article first appeared in the May 2021 edition of Birdwatching magazine A few winters back a fieldfare found the apples we string up for the Parrots and chomped his way through them for a fortnight. This year our minuscule … Continue reading

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GOB 142 – Plastic Baggage

This article first appeared in the April 2021 edition of Birdwatching magazine Not long after WW2 the types and uses of plastic multiplied exponentially. The new ‘wonder of the age’ material began to replace wooden, tin and paper in toys. … Continue reading

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GOB 141 – The Big Tissue

This article first appeared in the March 2021 edition of Birdwatching magazine I want to talk about what goes on in the smallest room in the house (mind you the way they build homes these days that could be any … Continue reading

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GOB 140 – Quality Not Quantity

This article first appeared in the February 2021 edition of Birdwatching magazine I’m always a day late for sea watching. When a good day is promised I’m otherwise engaged or doubt the forecast and miss the epic accumulations of seabirds. … Continue reading

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