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

A funny Tern

I love the small bright yellow boat in Pierowall bay. Having called it a boat, someone will probably correct me and tell …

4 Organic Food - a glossary of environmental euphemisms

Organic food – a glossary #4

“Is organic food any better for you?”, people ask, as if that’s the only worthwhile question to ask. A follow up question …

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

Gannet missile technology

As I child I read a book called Magic of the Senses by Vitus B. Droscher, a popular science exploration of the …

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

Flying Wren

I’ve enjoyed the Wrens at Einar this year. They’ve been a joy. Their lives are led in a sheltered garden, full of …

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

Feather bed

The encyclopaedia says there are four seasons in temperate latitudes. Billy Connolly, however, said, “There are two seasons in Scotland; June and winter”. …

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

Absolute scenes

Absolute scenes here today at Einar as the Wrens fledged. I’ve been watching the parents bringing invertebrates into one of my ‘useful …

Short-Eared Owl - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The shock of an Owl

I’m standing in the garden of Einar, against a stone wall, taking photographs of Swallows. They’re great to practise on because they’re …

2 Biodiversity - a glossary of environmental euphemisms

Biodiversity – a glossary #2

Biodiversity is a pretentious term used by people who want to sound as if they understand something that you don’t. Usually, using …

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

Bottles

There’s a piece of marshland I regularly trespass on. It’s between a river and a railway and accessible only by climbing down …

Sparkly Puffin 71 x 40cm

Sparkly Puffin

Humans and Puffins. We share a love of sunlight on turquoise ocean. And sparkles. We both love sparkles. I’ve just added another …

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

Wall Pennywort

Umbilicus rupestris is a great scientific name for Wall Pennywort. Its alternative name is Navelwort. I prefer the name Bellybutton plant, but …

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

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Farming near a town must be very stressful. It’s not just the dogs being walked near sheep. Although that’s stressful enough. There’s …

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

Buzzard chick

I’ve cycled out to The Wood again. I’m collecting my trail camera (more of which, later) and want to check on the …

1 Conservation - a glossary of environmental euphemisms

Conservation – a glossary #1

Conservation sounds like it should be a good thing, a thing with which everyone agrees. We all want to conserve the natural …

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

Bee Orchid

I’ve seen Bee Orchids before. I went all the way to Brixham to search for them and was successful. They were a …

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

Bluebells

Bluebells are a woodland species. Here, on Dartmoor, there are fields of them. It used to be forest but we cut all …

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

Warbling in the reeds

I’m having a wander through the reeds in the heat of the sun. I can hear the robotic call of the Reed …

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

Edward Everard

I worked in Bristol for several years and frequently diverted my route across the city to see the Edward Everard building. Everard …

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

Goldmoss

I’m cycling around villages in South Devon when I see an old stone wall completely covered in intense yellow-gold flowers. It looks …

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

A Tivoli view

I loved our trip to Tivoli. This view through the ancient doorways of the Renaissance masterpiece is particularly effective, especially when you …

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

Home Sparrows

House sparrows have accompanied human domestication. They’ve followed our agricultural practices. They’ve lived in our homes and they’ve eaten our spilled grain. …