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Do something wild

Can you do something wild?

Are you going wild in June? The Wildlife Trusts are encouraging everyone to do something wild every day. And to motivate us they’ve started a campaign called ’30 Days Wild’, encouraging us to do something wild every day in June.

There’s a growing body of research evidence demonstrating that spending time with nature has many health and social benefits. Living in the Breamish Valley, as we do, means that we have an abundance of nature right on our doorstep. But do we take the time to just stop…and appreciate what we have?

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Spring nature walk: part 2

Spring along

This blog article continues my Spring nature walk in the Breamish Valley. You can read Spring nature walk: part 1 here.

I’d begun my Spring nature walk in Branton Nature Conservation Area a couple of weeks ago with the idea of taking a fresh look at so-called ‘mundane nature‘: looking again, at what, without a second glance, might be thought to be humdrum and unexciting.

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Barcelona birding

What do Catalonia and Northumberland have in common?

[All images © Graham Williamson 2015 otherwise © Carles Oliver 2015 – used with permission]

Well, our flags look similar:

Catalonia and Northumberland flagsAnd, you may think, that’s about it. In May, Catalonia gets about 9 hours sunshine each day with temperatures between 20-25 oC and Northumberland…doesn’t! Yes, it’s hotter and drier in Catalonia but Northumberland is greener…and colder. And these differences mean that we can enjoy different bird species in the different geographical areas. For example, Greylag geese which are so common in the Breamish Valley are relatively rare in Catalonia. And when did you ever see a Hoopoe in Northumberland?

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Hovering kestrel at Branton

I spy…a hovering kestrel

I set off cycling along the Breamish Valley a bit later than usual this morning. It was fairly windy so I wasn’t too sure how far along the valley I’d manage to get. Anyway, on my approach to the Branton footbridge that crosses the River Breamish – along National Cycle Network, Route 68, just alongside Branton Nature Conservation Area – I was delighted to see a hovering kestrel hovering over the lane.

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