Fallow deer killed jumping a fence in The South Downs National Park
This really is a horrible sight. This is what happens when a deer traps a leg between the top two wires of a stock fence. It leads to the slow, painful and agonising death of the deer. It’s upsetting to see – especially when (like this) it happens twice in a week. But worst of all, it’s totally avoidable. Let me explain why.
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A cheeky little wader, running up and down the beach, cheating the waves
Personally, I’d say it was a bit too cold to be toe-dipping in the sea – but not for this little Sanderling!
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Fossils and shark teeth on the beach in Sussex
We had a lovely walk along the beach at Bracklesham Bay this afternoon and collected these wonderful Gastropods. Hard to believe it, but 46 million years ago these marine snails were living in a tropical sea a few miles south of Chichester!
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Long tailed tits feeding on peanuts
I’ve been enjoying some interesting visitors in the garden this week. Just outside my study window I’ve got a bunch of bird feeders – which can be a bit of a welcome distraction!
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Tucked away on the Cowdray Estate, off the beaten track and behind a simple fence in a field of cows is the magnificent “Queen Elizabeth Oak”.
A mighty remnant of the Middle Ages, this Sessile Oak is estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 years old.
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Bullfinch in the snow
Poor old Bullfinch freezing cold in the snow… We’ve had a lot of birds coming up to the back of the house during the cold weather. A striking bit of colour in the frost!
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South Downs Red Kite
Good to see Red Kite “Sussex D” again this week – though she’s not looking too pleased with all the rain! She’s been sitting in a tree alongside Bepton Road on a few mornings this week with an untagged male Red Kite.
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Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt
A traditional start to the new year. Seeing off the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt from the Spread Eagle in Midhurst. Not fox hunting; they’re after a big smelly bag that’s being dragged off across the surrounding fields by a quad bike.