The birds' beauty belies their often menacing and destructive nature
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Sunday 01 September 2013
You can waste a lot of time looking for a specific bird While some bird-watchers have a bird-watching bucket list, I don't, as the most memorable and enjoyable days out can't be predicted. I'll never forget one day in New York in early May, standing at the top of the Empire State Building. I spotted what at first looked like moths, but became a flock of migrating birds, travelling past me, at the same height as I was.
Sunday 25 August 2013
I've been hiking around my Cotswold valley, getting to know my new surroundings. My goal was to find a Roman villa that lies in the middle of some woods relatively undiscovered (in the sense that nobody has thrown up a fence and started charging exorbitant entry fees to look at some rubbish illustrations). I suppose that I should have bought an Ordnance Survey map immediately, as this would have greatly improved my chances of discovering the ruin. Unfortunately, I have always equated people with Ordnance Survey maps with the sort of types I wouldn't leave alone with my children.
Friday 23 August 2013
From the Fens to Chernobyl, this tour of turf shows the skills of a gifted, if sombre, naturalist
Friday 28 June 2013
Sightings of the White-throated Needletail are incredibly rare in the UK so when one was spotted on the the Isles of Harris it caused quite a stir
All of a twitcher! Rare Pacific swift sparks chaos in Trimley villages as hundreds of birdwatchers descend to catch a glimpse
Monday 17 June 2013
Police were called to a nature reserve after hundreds of twitchers descended to catch a glimpse of a rare bird.
Thursday 02 May 2013
Saturday 30 March 2013
It's almost boring: yet another excellent British Sea Power album.
Friday 15 February 2013
'If there's something to see, I'm there'
Wednesday 21 November 2012
The shrike is a scarce winter visitor to Britain, so keep your eyes peeled
Monday 19 November 2012
Britain's bird population has plummeted by 44 million in four decades, according to a study carried out with the help of volunteer ornithologists.
Sunday 18 November 2012
The UK's bird population has plummeted by 44 million in four decades, according to a study carried out with the help of volunteer ornithologists.
Sunday 21 October 2012
Why go in 2013? Serenity returns to Serendib
Monday 15 October 2012
It took him until he was 81, but a veteran British birder has become the first person in the world officially to see 9,000 species.
Monday 15 October 2012
Former naval officer spots 9,000th species in Indonesia
Sunday 30 September 2012
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British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
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- 5 Thank heavens for Louise Mensch and her foul-mouthed tweets to world leaders