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Return to Challacombe Farm

I’ve been to Challacombe Farm before: It’s teeming with animals for food and fun: I popped back to see what was around …

Cuckoo - Emsworthy Mire - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Cuckoos at Emsworthy Mire 2

I’ve arrived earlier today in the hope of seeing Cuckoos. Yesterday was a success, with a high-speed chase, so I have high …

Cuckoo - Emsworthy Mire - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Cuckoos at Emsworthy Mire

I’ve seen a Cuckoo before, but only the outline of a bird perched in the distance. I’d love to see one properly. …

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

Dartmoor birds

A lockdown lifetime ago we went to Dartmoor for a walk. I say ‘a walk’, but it was more an amble from …

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

Emsworthy Mire Revisited

I try my luck again to get some decent photographs of the Ring Ouzels at Emsworthy Mire. I have a large flask …

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

Shaggy Parasols at Emsworthy Mire

There are Parasol mushrooms in the fields at Emsworthy Mire. They are huge, but not as huge as the dinner-plate sized Macrolepiota …

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

Lone Trees on Dartmoor

A walk from Emsworthy Mire. Dartmoor is an impressive landscape of human destruction. It’s been cut and burnt and grazed. And thousands …

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

Challacombe Farm

Challacombe Farm is on Dartmoor. It’s part of the 135,000 acres owned by the Duchy of Cornwall to the benefit of Charles …

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

Challacombe Farm

Being delicious to humans has been one of the most successful evolutionary strategies of recent times. Farm animals now outweigh wild ones, …

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

Egghead Mottlegills at Hound Tor

A trip to Hound Tor on Dartmoor reveals a special fruiting sensation of Egghead Mottlegills, Panaeolus semiovatus, or at least that’s what I think they are. I’d probably need to destroy …

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

The Darkling Thrush

There’s a Song Thrush singing high above. It’s getting dark and I can just glimpse it through the branches. It’s hard to …

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

Purple mushrooms on Dartmoor

I’m on an organised fungus foray on Dartmoor with the Devon Fungus Group and, yes, we are all exactly like you would …

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

Oakbug Milkcaps

Oak trees are our most common native tree. They host hundreds of species of insects because they’ve had the time to develop …

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

Hound Tor sunset

I love Hound Tor on Dartmoor. I’m walking to the top from the car park. It’s not far: At the top I …

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

Roe Deer on Dartmoor

Stumbling through the undergrowth on Trendlebere Down, part of East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve, I find a complete Roe Deer skeleton. It’s …

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

Violet Webcap

There are only a few fungi which are bright purple and this is one of them, the Violet Webcap, Cortinarius violaceus: It’s …