Category Archives: Duncan at work

Carrying a drop of water

A quick morning visit to Tony’s Patch Nature Reserve near Haydon Bridge confirmed that the bluebells were still putting on a good show.  The wild garlic was also doing well giving a white and blue carpet in places.  The large … Continue reading

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Looking at the wrong things

Last time I was at Juliet’s Wood near Slaley it was a couple of years ago and I was looking at the first signs of spring, mostly spring flowers.  This time I was accompanying a botany group to get as … Continue reading

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Back on the Nent

Duncan was back on the River Nent near Alston yesterday doing some maintenance and remedial work on sections of river bank protection.  Shortly after installation last winter the river suffered a severe flood.  This scoured out some of the newly … Continue reading

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Mist on the Tyne

This morning’s drive up to Kielder was so typical of early autumn.  The sun broke through after two days of gloom but the chilly dampness left a carpet of mist and fog lurking along the valleys of the North Tyne … Continue reading

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A tiny orchid

Today was a chance to have a look around Holystone Burn, near Rothbury, with a group of expert botanists.  This site is well-known for its junipers and is probably the best site in Northumberland for bog myrtle but it’s been … Continue reading

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A day down South

Everywhere in England is south of Northumberland and South Yorkshire does seem to be a substantial drive in that direction.  The day was a trip to a couple of country parks in the Barnsley area to share ideas and best … Continue reading

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Bilberry on the bog

It may not look that exciting but it was my ‘plant of the year’ so far; bog bilberry is a very close relative of the normal and pretty common bilberry but it’s a lot rarer.  Bog bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum) is … Continue reading

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