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You may need nature, does it need you?

I have never been much of a campaigner. Like most people of my vintage, who work in the countryside I went on a Liberty and Livelihood...

Hold you hard boy

In the hedgerows all is busy. The sap is rising, leaves unfurl, blossom blooms and the farmland birds are in the throes of brooding a...

Sole Food

The beaches are full, ranks of fishing boats lay hauled up on the shingle. Craft don't use the Harbour, it is choked, silted and filled...

Art in nature, nature in art.

We finished laying a hedge last week at one of our county’s finest old stately homes. 220 yards of mixed hawthorn, hazel, field maple and...

The balance of the three legged stool

The Big Farmland Bird Count has been and gone like the snow that lay in the ditches. At Flea Barn we counted a total of 1,888 birds and...

Ancient and Modern

Country Diary February 2021- My wife Clare, son Charlie and I attended the film premiere of “The Dig” on Friday. Admittedly this...

Living With Extinction

This article was first published in the Shooting Times in March 2020 In an effort to curry favour with the rebels of extinction last...

A love letter to the hedge

My chainsaw requires an elaborate series of pumping, priming and lever twisting. Only then, followed by repeated pulls on its cord, can I...

Woolly Thinking

This is taken from an article I wrote and originally published in The Suffolk Magazine A slightly faded black and white wedding photo...

Gungadin- The racist horse

Back when the world was young, 1989 to be precise, I was a fresh faced trooper in The Life Guards, serving at Hyde Park barracks....

Country Diary- Life in the time of Covid 19

In the country it initially seems that little has changed. Farming goes on, cultivating, drilling, spraying etc- all are continuing apace...

Love spreads

Yesterday Patrick Barker and I stood in a very wet, windswept meadow. The meadow itself is fascinating. Formerly a grazing meadow from...

No place for complacency in the hunger games

On the whole I work in places rich in wildlife. They are abundant in flora and fauna because of the efforts, both physical and financial,...

Ask the fellows who cut the hay

We live in a time when our countryside is under threat and we yokels are oppressed. Admittedly it is no new phenomenon_ We have endured...

Hedges, Birds and Barkers

Hedge laying demonstration at Lodge Farm Westhorpe On the 22nd of February I will be hedge laying. This may not be thought of as out of...

Communicators required

I went to London on the train in October. I fear the Capital. It is too dusty, musty, oppressive and brash for one used to the fresh...