Land, stone and time in the valley of sarsens

Skylarks, crickets, and a stonechat's chatter, grass seeds click and harebells dance. Wild horses gallop and frolic in the field just beyond, small moments amid the land, stone, wind and time. I am in an unusual valley in West Dorset where at the end of the last ice age, the freezing and thawing of the …

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Glow worms, comets, constellations and time

The first time I saw Comet Neowise, it had just appeared low on the north western horizon after sunset; a space traveller speeding past planet Earth. Made of ice, water, rock and dust, and three miles wide, it was travelling at 40 miles per second, 70 million miles high. When it last sped by Earth …

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My tree bees

Each morning as I walk towards my garden shed, I am greeted by the energetic buzzing of my tree bees which, for the second year running, have chosen one of my bird boxes as a venue for their colony.  I first became aware of them when I heard what sounded like an engine coming from …

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