365 Nature – Day 72

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


This morning was my monthly restoration work at Pritchard Beach, the park near our house. The wet meadow has been living up to its name and has turned into a pool of clay with our record-setting rainy winter. I avoided it at first, instead crawling under dogwood branches to try and pull up Reed Canarygrass. I’m pretty sure the dogwood still has some of…

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Cambridgeshire’s Bird Hotel

This was mentioned in a recent Foragings post, but it has such great design implications that I wanted to feature it in more detail.

Over several years a landowner has turned previous agriculture land into a wetland habitat. Natural England helped with this transformation through their Higher Level Stewardship program which “aims to deliver significant environmental benefits in high priority situations and areas”. The program offers advice and and support to landowner’s for “more complex environmental management”. The most recent work at the site was the building of a wall sited to offer nesting for different bird species including the kingfisher and sand martin. Both of these bird species have Amber status from the RSPB which is the mid-level status for conservation. There are nearly 200 holes in the wall designed for the sand martin while…

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