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Monthly Archives: July 2011

30th July 2011: I had to accept as I walked through Hoo Wood this morning, that autumn is just around the corner. I’m not trying to wish summer away, but I can’t ignore the fact that we are over the best of it now. Many of the plants are wilting and dying-back. Some of the bright green colours are turning to browns and dirty yellows. Most of the blooms have gone. The… Read More

(Click on images to enlarge.) 24th July 2011: Today was a proper summer’s day and not one of the dreary damp days of late. When I first looked out of my bedroom window this morning, I decided that the heronry would be worth another visit. I have noticed quite a bit noise coming from there lately. After the predictable fight through the eight feet tall Himalayan balsam, stinging nettles and brambles, I… Read More

21st July 2011: This morning, at the south end of Hoo Wood, I counted six green woodpeckers, four magpies and a buzzard mewing overhead. It was quite a spectacle with the magpies and woodpeckers screaming at each other and flying around in circles – they looked like a loose ball of birds. Whether this behaviour had anything to do with the buzzard circling above, I have no idea. Apparently oblivious to my… Read More

When I am on the marsh I expect to see or do something worthwhile. If this doesn’t happen I am disappointed. The North Pond has two sections: the main section to the north and a smaller, shallower section to the south. Yesterday evening I stood in the long grass alongside the southern section of the North Pond, scanning the surface of the water for signs of animal life. Flowering Rush swayed in the… Read More

This is a good question, but I don’t know that I have a definitive answer. I think it is safe to say that many of the animals seen on Wilden Marsh are transient. Take the fox as an example of typical marsh resident. I started photographing the marsh foxes at the beginning of April. Now April is usually the time when the cubs begin to venture above ground. The vixen is supposed… Read More

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