Wildlife


Puffin

August is a month of anniversaries. Some happy. Some sad. All unforgettable. We have named our first anniversary “Puffin“.


Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 5: Westcott to Denbies Hillside.

Number 5: Westcott to Denbies Hillside. This is a short walk full of interest. The road section up Hole Hill has very few cars. Please note that beyond the cattle grid onto National Trust land is a private road. No entry to vehicles. It’s worth noting that for all these Covid-19 walks we describe the…


Bobby’s April Breakfast Birdwatch.

Breakfast Birdwatch. Each year, the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) organise a Big Garden Birdwatch. Taking place over the last weekend in January, we are asked to spend an hour watching birds in our gardens and recording what we see. And then entering those results on the RSPB website. If you haven’t…


The Spotted Flycatcher.

The Spotted Flycatcher. Each morning we read the Skokholm Island blog. Written by wardens Richard and Giselle it is, of course, largely bird or natural history focussed. After all it is, in company with its equally illustrious neighbour Skomer Island, world famous for its seabird colonies. Both have been featured regularly in Mindfully Bertie. On…


The Beautiful Adonis Blue Butterfly

The Adonis Blue Bertie: “Cor. I dunno. First of all, Bobby says he wants to tell the story of a beautiful butterfly. Then he asks bleedin Trevor to write it! I mean!” Trevor: “Look, Bertie. Let’s be perfectly honest. You do write most of the stories.” Bertie: “It’s my bleedin blog!”


Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 4: West Park, Wolverhampton

Bertie: “‘ere, Bobby. Tim, our Technical Director, says we can have this weekend off. He says he wants to show you that you are not the only one who can go out for a walk and take lots of photographs! Apparently there are green spaces even in somewhere they call the Black Country.”    …


Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 3: The Bluebell Walk

Number 3: The Bluebell Walk Bertie: “Cor, I dunno! First of all he tells us he hated Holmwood Common. Then out of the blue (literally), he discovers he loves it. Writes a whole blog on it, that lots of people liked. Then he comes home and declares “That’s bleedin it. I‘m not going over there…


The Day They Cut the Moon Daisies Down.

Moon Daisies. Corr… I dunno. I have never seen him so bleedin angry. Smashing the front door shut and storming upstairs to vent his wrath on the computer keys. I hid inside Bobby 2 with the other bears and hoped he would calm down. Next thing he is shouting on the telephone and we stayed…


Enjoying a Cotswolds Daydream

Cotswolds Daydream Last year the sun shone and we “reveried” in it. This year the sun went as soon as it came. The black clouds gathered. And the weather forecast got more and more alarming. We had left the Surrey Hills slightly battered by Storm Ciara. Only to find that a much bigger Storm was…


The Return of Bertie

The Return of Bertie. Bobby: “We have missed you so much. Nine weeks altogether. One of our readers did suggest having you posted back by Parcelforce. But that would be sacrilege for a bear like you. So here we are. Bobby and Eamonn. 300 miles on the train. Six hours in all. Rosemary very kindly…


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