Spring

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Country diary: the swan who sits on silence
Sandy, Bedfordshire: In his half-vigil, the male never plays any part in this pointless nest maintenance, nor does he incubate the eggs

Derek Niemann

09, Jun, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: dive-bombing avocets see off a hungry gull
Medmerry, West Sussex: The slender black and white birds work tirelessly to protect their chicks from gulls and crows

Rob Yarham

08, Jun, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Bluebell blooms hit the brakes after a chilly spring
April frost and soggy May force flowers to protect reproductive parts until the weather warms

Kate Ravilious

03, Jun, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Country diary: the queen bee is a ray of sunshine in a gloomy May
Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: Spring has been hard for insects, but the garden bumblebee is here, piloted by an ancient impulse

Paul Evans

27, May, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: a thunderstorm ushers in a new season infused with vitality
Otley, West Yorkshire: A world of fresh vegetation bursts open and aromas are uncorked as a pair of interlopers look on

Carey Davies

25, May, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: copious apple blossom is at its best, but short-lived
St Dominic, Tamar Valley: The full bloom sadly coincides with April’s withering cold and dearth of pollinators

Virginia Spiers

20, May, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: sheltering from a hailstorm took me back in time
Weardale, County Durham: The valley was full of birdsong today, but in the early 20th century, visitors came here for a different kind of music

Phil Gates

19, May, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: moss so fresh and springy you want to dive right in
Creedy Valley, Devon: Among the riot of blossom and birdsong, common tamarisk moss is a constant presence, yet astounding in its intricacy

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

18, May, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Scentsational! The 15 best flowers to plant now for a beautifully aromatic garden
You can fill your garden with the familiar scent of roses – as well as plants that smell of almond, candyfloss and even chocolate

Jane Perrone

14, May, 2021 @11:29 AM

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Country diary: two scratchy fiddles are music to the ears
Sandy, Bedfordshire: The sedge warblers want to be seen and heard, but the grasshopper warbler cannot be pinned down

Derek Niemann

12, May, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: we are down to our last male nightingale
Billingshurst, West Sussex: Last year the nightingales were a lockdown highlight. Now there is just a solitary, defiant song

Rob Yarham

11, May, 2021 @4:30 AM

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David Hockney on joy, longing and spring light: ‘I’m teaching the French how to paint Normandy!’
While enjoying an idyllic lockdown in France, the 83-year-old artist has created perhaps his most important exhibition ever – offering hope to an injured world

Jonathan Jones

10, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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