Category: Nature

What’s that in a clot? Red Darter!

What’s that in a Clot? It looks a bit nasty, doesn’t it? It’s bright red, which means danger, it flies about in a threatening manner, it’s got a sharp tail which will probably sting you, and right now there are lots of them about, so why doesn’t somebody do something about them? Only one of
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Common Kestrel

WHAT’S THAT IN THE CLOT? You are probably feeling very sorry for the poor little sparrow in my photo this month – cut down in the prime of its life by a vicious predator. Wouldn’t it be nicer if everything just got along, live and let live? Why does nature have to be so cruel,
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Ladder Snake in the Clot?

WHAT’S THAT IN THE CLOT? Oh No! I can hear the howls of anguish and fear already. “If he’s about to tell us there are snakes in the Clot, then I’m not going in there, ever!” This is a perfectly understandable reaction. About a third of adult humans are frightened of snakes (ophidiophobia, if you
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Golden Oriole

WHAT’S THAT IN THE CLOT? Sit tight because I’ve got a personal story to tell you. It might seem a little self-indulgent, but it explains why I find Spain and its birds so fascinating. Older British readers might remember the small “Observer’s” books published in the 1950’s. These were pocket-sized, and covered many different subjects,
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