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Cats and foxes

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
A few days ago a fox vaulted over the fence and landed on the two cats asleep just outside the back door. Fur flew. The poor beast didn't stand a chance. Continue reading...
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The nuthatch

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Tucking in to our home-made quiche, and carrot cake, I notice a small bird flickering about high up on the trunk of an old tree at the edge of the clearing. It's a nuthatch. Continue reading...
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Wireworms and woodworms

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Wireworms are the tough leathery larvae of click beetles, slim, smooth brown beetles that snap their bodies at the waist... Continue reading...
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Centipedes and worms

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Any gardener should always be pleased to find centipedes. Since they are hunters, they cannot do any harm to the plants or their roots. Continue reading...
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Newts

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
There is something much more primordial about a newt than, say, a frog or a toad. Perhaps it's the dragging crocodilian gait, or the slightly frilled backbone. Continue reading...
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Waxwings

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Yes, we have no waxwings. Strange as this may seem, they appear to be avoiding south-east London. They're everywhere else though [...] Continue reading...
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Footprints in the snow

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
The heavy blanket is as much a duvet of silence, as a quilt of whiteness. But the deepening gloom as the sun goes down is not as empty as it might first appear. Continue reading...
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Squirrels, foxes and snow

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I don't think the squirrels liked the snow [...] In south-east London we only had 3 or 4 inches but that's as high as a squirrel's eye hereabouts. Continue reading...
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Derelict gardens

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
[...] something like one in five front gardens are never used by their owners, for anything. A quick stroll up the road shows my neighbourhood seems to fit with this. Continue reading...
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Urban foxes

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Looking out of the top bedroom window, I was admiring the reds, yellows and golds of the leaves when I spotted a ruddy brown bundle next to the ivy thicket. Continue reading...
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