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Country diary: The ancient yew, hard as iron yet flowing like water
Darley Dale, Derbyshire: Perhaps more than any other tree, this species captivates us with its monumental imperfection

Mark Cocker

18, Jan, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: Money spiders, everywhere, more than I have ever seen before
The Roaches, Staffordshire: In my hair, on my cheek, on fence tops and bushes, the air almost liquid with snaking lengths of silk

Mark Cocker

04, Jan, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: A churchyard yew is a universe in itself
Cromford, Derbyshire: Capable of living over a thousand years, these giants are steeped in life and death, myth and contradiction

Mark Cocker

21, Dec, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: One eagle and 500 sparrows – I must be on holiday
Casével, Portugal: There is joy and sadness in seeing sparrows in such abundance outside the UK

Mark Cocker

07, Dec, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: A small bird taking on a swollen river
Miller’s Dale, Derbyshire: Amid a shower of falling leaves, the dipper is amazingly unfazed by the power of the water

Mark Cocker

16, Nov, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: How crows make the rowan trees grow
Buxton, Derbyshire: Once you are attuned to the rowan-planting efforts of these often despised black creatures, you realise how much we owe them

Mark Cocker

02, Nov, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: two mute swans are serene in the falling darkness
Water-cum-Jolly, Derbyshire: In this shadowy and claustrophobic setting, their reflections are like quavering bars of light

Mark Cocker

19, Oct, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: where did house martins live before there were houses?
Flamborough, Yorkshire: Against the brilliant white of these cliff faces are some tiny mud cups. And one is still in use

Mark Cocker

05, Oct, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: fungi like ripe peach flesh magnifies the veteran oaks
Moccas Park, Herefordshire: One of Britain’s finest woods illustrates that nature cannot be easily measured by net gain

Mark Cocker

21, Sep, 2021 @6:40 AM

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County diary: from hellish origins, a heavenly suite of Derbyshire plants
Waterswallows Quarry, Derbyshire: The volcanic rock here is home to an expanse of great burnet, twayblade, spotted and fragrant orchids

Mark Cocker

07, Sep, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: some wildflowers are more valuable than others
Sunart farm, Derbyshire: Not all farms make good decisions about which flora to prize, but this one does

Mark Cocker

17, Aug, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Country diary: a momentary brush with hairstreaks
Hay Dale, Derbyshire: White-letter and purple hairstreaks are probably among the most widely distributed butterflies that people have never seen or even heard of

Mark Cocker

03, Aug, 2021 @4:30 AM

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