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2017 dawn chorus walking 700

Were there more people than birds at the 2017 Hillhouse Wood Dawn chorus walk?

It can’t be often that Hall Road is the busiest place in West Bergholt.  But at 03.40 on Sunday 7 May I would be fairly confident that this was the case, as seemingly floods of cars arrived for this year’s Dawn Chorus walk.  That is certainly what it felt like!

And so 24 of us assembled in the pitch dark, with most of us wondering quite what they had let themselves in for, and me wondering why on earth I volunteered to get up at such an appalling time each year. Continue reading

Fordham Hall estate – an awful lot out of nothing at all

Fordham is a perfectly pleasant, but otherwise unremarkable small village in north east Essex.  Until ten years ago it was surrounded by typical East Anglian arable prairie, with all the lack of wildlife that goes with this.  Most of this land was part of one 500 acre unit, which formed a large ‘U’ shape around the village.

It so happened that this unit came up for sale. Continue reading