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Urban Birds/DIVERSIFLY submissions are now closed

DEADLINE for participating in URBAN BIRDS project by submitting poetry and artwork on everyday encounters with the birds of Britain’s towns and cities has now closed.   Soon I will be looking at all the submissions from poets and visual artists. I cant wait as I haven’t seen any of them yet!!   Then starts the […]

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Ending Swiftly: DIVERSIFLY BLOG #18

As this is the last of my blogs for the URBAN BIRDS project – the swift came to mind… Thanks to you all for reading these blogs – I hope you have enjoyed them –  and, hopefully, are taking part in the project! This Blog is part of the DIVERSIFLY project: For more details go here Swifts […]

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Record Breaker : DIVERSIFLY BLOG # 17

“HANGRY BIRDS  Bizarre moment massive red-tailed hawk kills a pigeon in downtown New York and eats it sat on top of a car” Though perhaps not one of The Sun’s most memorable of headlines (such as Freddie Starr ate my hamster, Zip Me Up Before You Go Go, Gotcha!, Paddy Pantsdown, or Who Told That […]

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It’s exotic, innit : DIVERSIFLY BLOG #16

Who needs to holiday abroad these days for the touch of the exotic? This Blog is part of the DIVERSIFLY project: For more details on the project go here When I was eighteen I was luck enough to spend nine months in Australia. One of my strongest memories is just driving into town to go to the […]

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Swanning Around : DIVERSIFLY BLOG #15

There are several species of swan in Britain but the most common is the Mute Swan – so-named as it has no call – though is very good at hissing, and even an occasional grunt. This Blog is part of the DIVERSIFLY project: For more details on the project go here Caroline Gill sent this account through […]

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Urban Living: DIVERSIFLY BLOG #14

What’s so great about Urban Living for Birds? A few years ago, Anders Pape Muller from the University of Paris-Sud walked through the small suburban town of Orsay, France, counting all the birds he saw or heard. He walked through built-up urban areas, and through forest and farmland. He found that Orsay’s birds were congregating […]

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The Dawning : DIVERSIFLY BLOG #13

It began with an awakening, a rude and yet joyful awakening, at the imminence of dawn. Somewhere in the distance, from the village of Dial Post, a cockerel crowed – once, twice, and then, thrice.Then a Cuckoo called, dutifully, from a faraway shadowland of Oaks in the monastral west. Out there, shapes and patterns were […]

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Call out to POETS and ARTISTS!

Please do check out our Arts Council England-funded project on the EVERYDAY ENCOUNTERS with BIRDS in BRITAIN”S TOWNS and CITIES Details are here Deadline is end of August 2017 Free entry Your work could be included in a full colour hardback book on Britain’s Urban Birds along with: artwork by ATM the street artist and poems […]

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A bit of a tit : DIVERSIFLY BLOG #12

First things first: let’s just for a moment deal with the word ‘tit’. Since the nineteenth century, it has been used as a slang word for breast, but its origins come from early-fourteenth-century usage meaning ‘small’ or ‘a small creature’. Hope that clears things up. So says Bill Bailey in his Remarkable Guide to British […]

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The trouble with Seagulls… : DIVERSIFLY BLOG #11

The BBC in May 2017 reported that  “People caught feeding seagulls on beaches in Devon face £80 fines from Monday.” The Economist, in February 2017, reported on the financial implications of lifting the protection of all gulls and attempting to cull them And also points out – what is always the case with rats, pigeons, […]

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