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

Meadow Pipits at Emsworthy Mire

There’s been an eruption of Garden Chafers, Phyllopertha horticola, at Emsworthy Mire. The bracken is covered in them. The local Meadow Pipits …

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

Stonechats at Emsworthy Mire

I love Stonechats. I’ve spent a couple of very happy days with them: This time I’m just passing through and get a …

Dryad's Saddle - Emsworthy Mire - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Dryad’s Saddle

The Dryad’s Saddle fungus is one I remember from my childhood. It can grow huge. It has a beautiful scaly skin and …

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. …

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 …

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

Ring Ouzels at Emsworthy Mire

I’ve heard there are Ring Ouzels at Emsworthy Mire. Ring Ouzels are thrushes which nest on high moors and upland crags in …

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

Waxcaps

Waxcap fungi thrive on damp, ‘unimproved’ grassland, or rather grassland which hasn’t be ruined by artificial fertiliser or herbicides. A trip to …

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

New life

April and May are wonderful months for new growth. The sheep at Emsworthy Mire have been busy. This little lamb is particularly …