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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...


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Holiday wildlife

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I am not, you might have guessed, in East Dulwich. I am in the village of Crofty, on the north side of the Gower Peninsula, overlooking the Loughor Estuary. Continue reading...
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Garden wildlife and autumn tidying

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
In the latest issue of Gardeners' World magazine, I go head-to-head with James Alexander-Sinclair by suggesting that gardeners are doing more harm than good... Continue reading...

Dragonfly nymphs

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Peering into the [...] water, after the initial algal bloom and water-flea dance auditions, I can see some squat mud-coloured gargoyles resting menacingly just below the water line. Continue reading...

Slug sex

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
It may sound like a bit of a joke, but slugs are the supreme sexual acrobats, and their mating gyrations are sensuous well beyond the limits of their apparently simple slimy bodies. Continue reading...