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Monthly Archives: October 2011

29th October 2011: A ribbon of dense white mist covered the Lower Stour Valley early this morning. This is always an impressive sight when viewed from high-up in Hoo Wood. I watched crows, magpies, pigeons and buzzards emerge from its murky vapours into a bright autumn sunrise, only to see them fade away again as they flew back into the mist. The marsh vegetation was dripping wet as the heavily water laden mist lifted…. Read More

25th October 2011:  I’ve just arrived home from the wood. It is pouring with rain, and has been so for a little more than an hour. After months of mainly dry conditions, we could do with some decent rain. My dog is constipated, and he has suffered for the last four to five days. He has not been a happy dog at all. The last couple of days he has not wanted to… Read More

23rd October 2011: Fox and muntjac activity has increased in Hoo Wood with the current grazing of the north pasture. Late Friday evening I was making my way south through Hoo Wood, when I heard rustling and then the most unearthly screaming imaginable. The horrible noise came from the top of a high bramble covered bank – not more than ten meters from where I was standing. A tall chain-link fence marks… Read More

(Click the links below to hear the owl calls) It’s owl watching time for me in Hoo Wood and on the marsh. The hooting, tooting and screeching is hard to ignore on dark, cold autumn evenings. In local wildlife terms, owls are at the top of the tree in my estimation: above herons and buzzards. There are Tawny Owls, Barn Owls, Long Eared Owls, Short Eared Owls, and Little Owls living in the Wilden… Read More

14th October 2011: Yesterday, at 13:45, on an industrial estate at the north end of the marsh, a huge explosion shook the ground. Clouds of thick black smoke rose into the air. Ten fire engines rushed to the site. How many ambulances were at the scene I don’t know, but there were many sirens heard over the next hour. Fortunately – unbelievably I thought – no one was injured. _more_details_and_photos/ It was… Read More

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