Author: timh

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Scottish garden visitors

My sister in the Scottish Highlands is an inveterate observer and recorder of her garden wildlife, just like me. The difference is that hers is rarer and, arguably, more exciting. For twelve years she’s...

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Herald moth

Now into my eighth year of moth trapping it is always a highlight to encounter a new species, especially one as beautiful as that shown, resting on my hand before release, with a 44mm...

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Bird puzzlers

Sometimes our most familiar creatures set us puzzles. Dunnocks are regular visitors to our feeders: three of them have been in a state of high excitement since mid-March – tail dipping, wing flicking and...

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Butterbur

Out cycling at this time of year, I often pass what from a distance look like rather strange pink hyacinths. These are the flowers of the BUTTERBUR (Petasites hybridus). Most people will recognise butterbur...

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English Country Garden

A song remembered from my youth, sung by Nana Mouskouri, extolled the attractions of the English country garden. Some parts of it still apply both to country and urban gardens, especially the first verse...

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White Doe of Rylstone

“Cast not a clout till May be out”, was a saying much quoted in my childhood. I was puzzled as to whether it meant the month or the blossom – and still am. However,...

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Nesting birds

Three dunnocks flirting in the topmost branches of the oak with much tail and wing flicking, two grey squirrels playing Catch-me around its trunk, tails quivering and claws scrabbling for purchase: it was 15th...

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Winter moles

It’s surprising what you can see in the dead of winter, even on the short drive from Ilkley to Keighley. The first delight came on the Addingham bypass: a couple of hazel bushes festooned...

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Owl hunting

A flying start to New Year’s Day was provided at Staveley Nature Reserve near Knaresborough by a barn owl hunting in daylight beneath a blue sky. It kept my son and myself entertained for...

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Winter life

The Winter Solstice is past and we have to believe that the days are lengthening, though I can’t usually detect much difference until well into January. I can, therefore, understand why, since primitive times,...