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Country diary: Dawn light gilds the fells as a lone ring ouzel sings
Great End, Cumbria: Disturbance, predation, grazing patterns and climate change all pose a threat to the ‘mountain blackbird’

Carey Davies

28, Jun, 2022 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: A safari of seabirds unbothered by human presence
Inner Farne, Northumberland: The tourist boats come and go, but the vast numbers of guillemots, puffins and kittiwakes carry on regardless

Carey Davies

31, May, 2022 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: A mass hatching rises from the river
Otley, West Yorkshire: The two-week window has opened for this type of caddisfly to emerge, and fall upwards into spring

Carey Davies

26, Apr, 2022 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: In the calm after the storm, defence is a priority
Otley, West Yorkshire: Flood damage caused by increasingly extreme weather is visible everywhere

Carey Davies

22, Mar, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: The starlings fall silent as they size me up
Otley, West Yorkshire: Never mind the murmurations, the way these birds instantly muzzle themselves seems almost telepathic

Carey Davies

21, Feb, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: Thanks to the brutal wind, we find a marvel of mountain engineering
Newlands Valley, Lake District: The Goldscope mine dates back to Elizabethan times, but still has the capacity to astound

Carey Davies

17, Jan, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: Birds of different feathers flock together
Otley, West Yorkshire: In this muffled, snowy landscape, there are pleasing signs of cooperation between nuthatch, tits and other birds

Carey Davies

20, Dec, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: Savour the larches, these fleeting towers of turmeric
Duddon Valley, Lake District: On a blustery November day, a double rainbow draws my eye to these striking golden trees

Carey Davies

15, Nov, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: A tidy forest floor betrays a lack of imagination
The Chevin, Otley, West Yorkshire: We tend to be averse to untidiness in nature’s spaces, but it’s the best way to encourage biodiversity

Carey Davies

18, Oct, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: my swim with a bloodthirsty hanger-on
Hartsop, Cumbria: I look down and notice a slug-sized, dark brown invertebrate clinging to my leg

Carey Davies

20, Sep, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: everyone is silent as the solar deity emerges
Helvellyn, Lake District: There is a kind of ritual in the way people watch sunrises and sunsets, and a shared understanding

Carey Davies

16, Aug, 2021 @4:30 AM

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The joy of wild swimming and wild camping in the Lake District
The writer’s take on the Eskdale Horseshoe sees England’s highest peak plus plenty of hidden bathing spots, waterfalls and other aquatic gems

Carey Davies

15, Aug, 2021 @10:00 AM

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