What is our green countryside worth?

Our local council, AVDC, is under siege from property developers and house builders and, with the councils strapped for cash and shedding staff, the planning officers  have their work cut out. In addition, the Council’s ecologists have been cut back from three plus a manager to one, and he has been moved to planning. In the context of the current attack on the Green Belt it seems that, as far as government is concerned at national and local level, the environment and our landscape are to be

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When it comes to environment, memories are very short.

As part of the Save The River Thame campaign I am looking into setting up a walking route on footpaths from Aylesbury to the Thames at Dorchester that traces the river is much as possible and visits as many wildlife habitats as can be managed along with points of interest on the way. I have been asking how this is best done and Bucks County Council have told me that a Thame Valley route already exists, but is no longer in active use. There were pamphlets

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Upper River Thame May Update

As springtime arrives, we hope to see increasing wildlife along the River Thame, especially as the river continues its recovery from the 2013 pollution. Over the past year, I have seen kingfishers, banded demoiselles, various types of duck, Canada and Greylag geese, a grebe, swans, lapwings and woodcock in the stretch between Eythrope and Notley. I have seen very few fish – some small fry once under a bridge – but I understand that the river has been restocked, and the anglers tell me that the

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Another Springtime

Nature is blooming: the trees are covered in blossom and the verges and meadows bright with buttercups and cow parsley. May began windy and quite wet and it has remained cool after a cool dry April and it seems to me that the spring is taking its time this year. The farmers must be delighted as their crops are growing brilliantly and the startling yellow of rape is everywhere. In the woods, the bluebells are out and looking glorious under the lovely pale green Beech tree

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North Yorkshire Moors In The Snow

North Yorkshire Moors In The Snow

[singlepic id=769 w=400 h=300 ] I am currently working on three books – North Downs Landscapes is complete and we’re doing final proof reading so it can go to the printers for publication in March – very exciting! I’m well on the way with Norfolk images but want to get there to get some good wintry shots, preferably with snow. There are also seals on Blakeney Point that would be good to capture in a photo, but it’s a good 4 hour journey…. And I’ve made

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Autumn In Norfolk

Autumn In Norfolk

Doing landscape photography in Norfolk is a subtler business than in, for instance, Yorkshire or the North Downs (all books to be published by Oxbow Books) as most of the county is rather flat and agricultural. The south-wast of the county is mostly ‘marshland’, which is a continuation of the Cambridgeshire fens and well drained for agriculture, or flat forest and heath around Thetford. The south-east is very flat ‘Broads’ country, with a lot of lakes and waterways, many of which have been dug out to

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North Norfolk Coast, Hunstanton to Cromer

[singlepic id=688 w=400 h=300 float=middle] It’s amazing how popular the North Norfolk Coast is: I had only been there once, in the middle of winter, many years ago, but everyone I meet seems to have some connection with it. This is definitely the most scenic part of Norfolk, and a lot easier to photograph than the fens and Brecks of the the south-eastern part of the county, especially when the weather is good. I took Lindsey and the dogs this time, and we spent four nights

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Save The River Thame Update

Save The River Thame Update

Time flies! It’s a month since the Save The River Thame seminar in Aylesbury and progress has been gradual because it’s the holiday season, and everyone (including me) has been or is on holiday. This is not a problem as we are into a long-term project to secure a permanent improvement in the River Thame and its wildlife. It seems to be in quite good condition currently following the major sewage works upgrade by Thames Water and is running clear. I have seen some small fish

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