On the trail of a mysterious bird

Bracken owl, churn owl, churr owl, dewfall hawk, dorr hawk, goatsucker, eve churr, eve jar, evening jar, fern owl, gnat hawk, goat chaffer, goat owl, jar owl, lich fowl, moth hawk, moth owl, night churr, night crow, night hawk, night swallow, Puckeridge, razor grinder, scissors grinder, screech hawk, spinner. The bird we gathered here in …

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Adding to our wild larder: making Elderflower Champagne

The elderflower season is still in full swing, so I took the opportunity to add to my wild larder with some elderflower champagne making. This is the first time I've tried this, so I looked online at various recipes, some requiring complicated sounding equipment, and came up with my own version: I did not use …

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A Safari on the Sussex Serengeti (Part One)

This weekend we have been away on Safari, but we’ve not been to Africa, in fact we’ve only been a little over an hour from home, visiting Knepp Wildlands in West Sussex. This is a truly inspirational rewilding project. A 3500 acre estate close to Horsham, until 2001 the land was intensively arable farmed. Since …

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