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Essential Tanzania – Bird Safaris over the years with Sunbird-Wings

Tour Narrative – Tanzania November 2019 The unique Sunbird-Wings Safari Birding Route has evolved over nine years to become what this ‘Designer Naturalist’ feels is a succinct introduction to the ecological wonder land of northern Tanzania. Here’s my tour report from 2019: And thus we started our November tour this year (2019), as has become […]

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Wolstencroft’s Insight Safaris

Tour report : Ecotourism Safari in Tanzania with James Wolstencroft – Ngorongoro Crater, Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, Tarangire, the Great Rift Valley : Just being there is often enough, the powerful experiences in unique locations, where Wild Nature and Cultures Converge. It could be said some Eco-tourists come to ‘Tanganyika’ as pilgrims in the hope of […]

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With the Ravens of Asciscar

A sweet and healthy spot at a freshwater spring on an olive-studded yellow hillside in Andalucia. It’s nine in the morning, an east wind blows off the nearby craggy grey wall of the Serra del Turco. I am sheltered from the wind and shaded from the brilliant morning sun by a clump of old gumtrees. […]

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Ways to Rewild your Mind – Gardening with Serpents

Part One: How it began, a life project to become re-immersed and, by the same token, a way out via open domestic wildness. I became a ‘rewilder’ in June 1967, aged eleven. Molly, my maternal aunt, helped me by driving us to a disused limestone quarry at Trow-Barrow in Silverdale, North Lancashire, England. Here there […]

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Time out of mindfulness

Moments out of time, immersed in Nature Natural companions in the poztho field … June 12, 2021 There hasn’t been a Blackbird around the crumbles, where we live, since late December. That was when our ‘wintering’ birds departed, presumably to establish breeding domains in the neighbouring dehesa (here that is wild olive savanna). Only yesterday […]

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Archive notes – Sula mountains, northern Sierra Leone, 5 May 2013

It’s streaming swifts! “ Birder’s Log: Sunday May 5, 2013  0950 until 1250 GMT Have you been hoping for some Vis-Mig in Africa?  Yes indeed!  A Sunday morning. So admittedly I came somewhat late, scrambling and occasionally stumbling, to the ridge line in the clear, above and far beyond – The Mine. I am an […]

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Walking as Nature Wishes

Sunday March 14, 2021 Eighteenth Anniversary of ‘Snake-Eagle Down’ at the Isla de Tarifa on 14/03/2003. In the bright light of spring there are patterns of process, virtually unseen, glimpsed across the sky.A dry and sunny day. Only a week ago, the deluge. Today, there’s scarcely a breeze under a super blue sky. Life is […]

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Strays focused – Nature Noted – out and about in Andalucia

Unseen patterns in a spring sky When we are no longer fit and able isn’t it comforting, if not essential, to review our former lives? Remember my friends : Nature will never be Locked-down. It’s early morning. Despite welcome bird song, and a lone Black Kite quartering the paddock, there’s gentle rain. It’s uncomfortably wet, […]

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Nature Notes from the end of Europe

Do you ever feel there’s a little bird inside your head telling you something, whilst fluttering to escape. Trapped, just dancing there. Tied to a perch in your heart? For me, recent months, the regime of a year almost, have truly brought such feelings home. Yesterday, for example, was another grey and cloudy day under […]

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Stray Sketches from Spain

Occasional diary entries from a naturalist, whereabouts unknown, behind the Covid curtain. Sunday February 7, Year One PC Thankfully we now live where the westernmost peninsula of Asia almost touches Africa. It’s a bottleneck for life, because Iberia is nowadays separated from the dry old continent by only the dozen deep kilometres of a Strait. […]