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The sparrowhawk on the ground inside the chicken run.

Illegal bird deaths rise in UK, RSPB reports

We have goshawks and sparrowhawks on the croft, so it was worrying to read the Guardian’s article about the UK’s uplands losing birds of prey as buzzards, sparrowhawks and peregrine falcons are shot dead or poisoned. Even though they attempt to prey on our Scots Grey poultry, I enjoy seeing birds of prey wheeling on the […]

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Unseasonally warm

When I woke and made my way to the kitchen this morning, I was surprised by how warm it felt. I checked the thermometer in the kitchen, which revealed the overnight low outside was 10ºC and it was 17ºC inside. Later, as I was getting ready for the 2.5-mile walk to the village Post Office, […]

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Bats in the byre

I was taking the chicken feed through the byre this morning when Harvey, our Border Terrier, stopped, looked at the roof and growled. I expected to look up and see either blackbirds (they pull his hair out) or rats (his job is to kill rats). Instead, I spotted three very small bats hanging from one […]

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The first snow of the season can still be seen on the Hill of Foudland.

First snowfall of the season

When I woke at 6am, it was cold in our bedroom even though the heating came on an hour earlier. I suspected I’d see a hard frost when I looked out the back door, much as we’ve had for the past three days with temperatures down to -4C overnight. I was wrong. I didn’t see […]

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Snow on the croft—quite a change after March's warm spell.

Normal weather resumes

The house felt a little cold when I woke this morning. Not bitterly cold, but definitely colder than the 14ºC we’ve experienced over the past fortnight thanks to the warm spell that saw outside temperatures scrape above 20ºC on several occasions. I wandered out the back door, expecting cloud and perhaps rain. Instead, I found […]

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