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Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung in the Breamish Valley!

There’s not much to say really. Just take a look at what’s taking place in the Breamish Valley. Life everywhere!

What a wonderful place to be!

Spring has sprung.
The grass has riz.
I wonder where the birdie is?
The bird is on the wing
But that’s absurd
Because the wing is on the bird!

Poem often attributed to Ogden Nash
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My Wildlife

What does wildlife or a wild place mean to you?

I realise how privileged I am to live in the countryside. Being in the Breamish Valley gives me daily access to mile upon mile of beautiful countryside: open moorland, high hills, undulating farmland and the picturesque River Breamish.

I never tire of cycling along the valley from Powburn heading towards Branton, Reaveley, Brandon, Ingram and on to Bulby’s Wood and Peggy Bell’s Bridge. Though I do have to be feeling quite fit to try and cycle any further up the hills to Linhope – I’m really just a leisure cyclist! The changing seasons mean there’s always something new to see. There’s always a new perspective.

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Good things in nature

What do you think is good in nature?

  • Active wildlife?
  • Its beauty?
  • The wide range of colours?
  • Something else?

While each of us would probably answer the question in a slightly different way, Dr Miles Richardson and colleagues at the University of Derby1 have identified 10 themes that capture everyday good things in nature that promote a person’s sense of connection to nature:

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New sign for old

[All images © Robbie Burn 2013 – used with permission]

Thanks to Robbie Burn for smartening up the Hedgeley Parish Council noticeboard outside the Plough Inn in Powburn.

Robbie’s given it a new lick of varnish that should keep it looking smart and protected from the elements for a few years longer.

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