BTO thrushes coloured in my local picture

I went out over the Christmas period to count thrushes for the BTO. The winter thrush survey hasn’t really caught my imagination, and I don’t hold great hopes for it producing fascinating results, but the BTO asked me to do it and so I did it gladly. It wasn’t onerous –  a bit of countryside…

I shall be doing RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch with my MP

I’m very glad that my MP, Andy Sawford, has said that he can do the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch with me on the weekend of 25/26 January. Why not invite your MP too? Why shouldn’t 660 MPs be part of the 500,000 people taking part – giving wildlife an hour of their year? Think how…

Sunday Book Review – And After That He Ate Them by Leon Hills

This book is for children but I enjoyed it, and I suspect younger children will too. A frog wanders around and comes across various other creatures, all of whom he engages in conversation before he eats them! The illustrations are big and bold and attractive.  In each there are half a dozen hidden mini-beasts for…

Old squaw in east Northants

It’s not every day that you see a globally threatened bird species in Northants. And it’s not every day that you see a sea-duck in Northants. So you can appreciate that it isn’t even every other day that you see both rolled into one – a Long-tailed Duck in east Northants.  However, there have been…