Vall Raven

We first heard rumours that ravens had arrived in the locality last winter and sightings through the spring and summer confirmed a resident presence. As summer started to turn to Autumn a few weeks ago the calls of ravens in the air began to become a regular occurrence around the…

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Fallow buck roar

We had been watching badgers emerging from their sett and flocks of corvids swirling across the tree tops as they came into roost at dusk to an island of woods on the South Cambridgeshire plain. Spectogram of a male fallow deer roaring Darkness finally falling we walked back along the…

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A Nightingale on The Western Front

Chris Watson will premiere ‘A Nightingale on The Western Front’, a multichannel sound composition recorded in various sites of battles in Flanders in Newcastle this November. Chris will present this piece from 5am to 7.30am on the morning of Sunday 11 November on the Boiler Shop Mezzanine, for limited audience…

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The Society of Wildlife Artists Exhibition 2018

The Mall Galleries in London will again be hosting The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition, this year running from 25th October until 4th November. SWLA contributing artists include Carry Ackroyd, Adam Binder, Marco Brode, Victoria Edwards, Robert Gillmor and many others. For a sneak preview, take a look at…

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Our e-shop is open!

We are pleased to be able to launch our new shop with a number of limited edition prints. Taking an avian theme and including images of an Avocet, Ringed Plover and an Eurasian Eagle Owl, each print is hand-printed, signed and numbered and is delivered in a card mount. You…

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Back in time: Standon & Puckeridge

I was sent a link to a youtube film recently that was so interesting from a local social history perspective that I wanted to share it on the blog – it is a British Pathe film showing the village vicar, Rev. Ross Sage delivering milk around Puckeridge in 1963 with…

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The beat of a bush cricket

I first found a Roesel’s bush-cricket in the summer of 2009 in the long grass of some set-a-side land behind the string of houses in our small hamlet. That land is now consumed into a garden, but I digress. I came across one again the other week in the warmth…

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Signposts #2: Dawn Chorus – John Neville

Canadian wildlife sound recording artist John Neville has been recording wildlife and the birds of his native Canada for a number of years. When he made contact asking to use a recording I had made of a Nightingale in a presentation on the dawn chorus at this year’s International Ornithological…

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Return of the prodigal child?

Regular readers of this blog will know that for eighteen months or so we made a close acquaintance of our garden robin – a relationship cultivated and maintained by a steady supply of live mealworms – you can read about it here. Our Robin, as she became to be known,…

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