Category Archives: This Wild Life

Stories from the Early Morning

There is a long period at this time of year between dawn and sunrise when light has a special quality –  less contrast, less colour, yet far from gloomy. The picture above captures it. I parked the car at 5:30 … Continue reading

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Return to the midsummer sunrise

It’s 4:00 am. Why did I wake an hour earlier than usual? Following the dictate of my current guru Rangan Chatterjee,  I have the room blacked out. This even extends to a slipper hooked over the LED charger by the … Continue reading

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The good news is – everything is getting worse!

Yes, everything everywhere is getting worse and that realisation makes me feel so much better. I grew up in a world which thought it had learnt from the receding threat of nuclear war, which thought it had learnt how to … Continue reading

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Tourism and Wildlife – incompatible?

I was told that the marshes around Le Mont St Michel were good for birds. I couldn’t see any marshes, but every other farm offered accommodation and every hamlet had its posh restaurant. This was clearly a major tourist destination. … Continue reading

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Charente Maritime

I’m in a land full of holes: ditches, ponds, lakes, canals. Once they were part of a 4000 year history of salt pans. Now they are home to sheep, cattle, ducks, egrets, kestrels, marsh harriers, coypu, spoonbills, a few waders … Continue reading

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