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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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Two for joy: DIVERSIFLY BLOG #10

About ten years ago, I was an eBay addict – when I opened one of my impulse buys I made myself jump out of my skin… it was a taxidermied magpie. Perhaps because of the song* – I ended up buying two. As I write this I wonder if I have grown in some way […]

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The sky as Sea : DIVERSIFLY BLOG #9

Watching a murmuration of starlings is so close to watching underwater films of shoals of small fish it makes me realise how similar these two mediums are… both with oxygen and water – just in different ratios: they have the same challenges, the same opportunities for both predator and prey being very much three or […]

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Late Night Out?: DIVERSIFLY BLOG #8

or early start to your day? and you have a chance to see the birds of the night…or hear them…. This Blog is part of the DIVERSIFLY project: For more details on the project go here Uncertain about whether owls would set up home in urban territories, as successfully as say the peregrine falcon I decided to […]

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