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On meeting Matthew Oates

Despite a drizzly overcast day, I am beaming, when Matthew Oates arrives for this podcast recording in Cheltenham, immediately after he has been at an event at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2015, based on his book “In Pursuit of Butterflies”. Matthew has been extraordinarily kind to me over the past 5 years, after he heard that […]

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Writing on Stinging Nettles

Tall Nettles Matthew Oates, autumn 2015 – on Stinging Nettles, with a poem from Edward Thomas Be Nice to Nettles Week came and went, having stung no one into action. A highly successful ruderal dicotyledonous plant forming monospecific stands by rhizome spread… The stinging nettle is, after all, the most abundant broad-leaved plant in the […]

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Podcast on Stinging Nettles

Welcome! Here is a podcast on Stinging Nettles: Matthew Oates tells us in what way Stinging Nettles and Man are similar, as well as many fascinating facts about how their stings actually work, and what benefits from their presence – we hope you enjoy it   and click here to find more podcasts, writing, and details about […]

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Butterfly & Poetry Walk

On 24th July, from 2pm to about 4pm there will be a butterfly and poetry walk through the Dudmaston Hall grounds, guided by local butterfly expert Adrian Miles. Paul Francis and Nadia Kingsley will read poems from the book ‘Shropshire Butterflies’ – about the butterfly species that we meet along the way. Please contact Dudmaston Hall […]

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Dudmaston Hall

From July 24th 2011 through to September 28th 2011 you can see some of the pictures from Shropshire Butterflies – a poetic and artistic guide to the butterflies of Shropshire, hung in the barn-converted tea room of Dudmaston Hall. (please be aware the tea room is closed on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays). Dudmaston Hall, information […]

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