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Chiff Chaff - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chiff Chaff

Chiff Chaffs are beautiful birds. They look almost identical to Willow Warblers to me. I’d need a high-powered telephoto lens to see …

Lesser Black Backed Gull - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Lesser by name, great by nature

Lesser Black Backed Gulls are magnificent creatures. They are noticeably darker on the back and wings than the more familiar Herring Gull …

Duckling Dinosaur - The Hal of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Dinosaurs fly among us

If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the dinosaurs, here they are, all around us. These Mallard Ducklings have hatched from eggs …

Tree Pipit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Pipit up a tree

I can see a Pipit up a tree. Could it be… A Tree Pipit? The RSPB say: “Where to see them: Look …

Grey Squirrel - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Nuts!

This Grey Squirrel is one of the lucky ones. Only 25% of Grey Squirrels survive their first year. Only 45% of the …

The Crow and the Buzzard - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

How many make a mob?

Crows react very badly to the presence of Buzzards. Here one took exception to a Buzzard in its field, mobbing it and …

Bog Beacon - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Bog Beacon

I’m in a woodland centre with a group of enthusiastic mycologists, with stereo microscopes, obscure expensive books on fungi and a packed …

Beetle - Bicycle - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Beetles and bicycles

I’ve spent an age getting ready to go cycling. I’ve got changed, put my padded cycling trousers on, packed my rucksack with …

Jackdaw - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) david Bailey (not the)

Jackdawning realisation

As well as all the Lesser Kestrels, there are Jackdaws everywhere in Matera in southern Italy. They’re on the rooftops, on window …

Heaven in a stony field - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Heaven in a stony field

There are olives, almonds, cherries and artichokes in this stony field in the south of Italy. Heaven.

Stone walls - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Red, White and Green

The red soil, white limestone walls and green grass make a fabulous flag here in Italy.

Mute Swan - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Only an hour to spare…

There’s very good scientific evidence about the health benefits of nature. Scientists showed that people recovering from operations in hospitals needed less …

Rose - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

What’s in a name?

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. I love natural history; I love the thrill of finding different species. …