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Glen Affric, where I have been based for my research, contains one of the largest remnants of Caledonian forest. Now reduced by centuries of human exploitation to scattered pockets, this habitat is home to a host of the UK’s wildest and rarest plants and animals.November 13, 2018
The hottest, driest June on record had simply extended unbroken into July…August 22, 2018
The hottest, driest June on record had simply extended unbroken into July, and apart from one brief downpour, which barely managed to soak the topsoil, looked set to unroll till the end of summer.July 24, 2018
It was a typical English summer’s day, in that it felt like early November and I was regretting not bringing my gloves. The wind clawed through the sycamore and chestnuts, yanking their leaves back at the wrist and setting their silver undersides streaming, while above them, the hilltops vanished into the low-bellied clouds.June 26, 2018
I walked along the lane leading up to the Wessex Ridgeway, the way I’d come in January. The trees had lost the sharp distinction of winter, and even the crisp pointillism of early spring had given way to a kind of blurring – a soft wash of green.May 22, 2018
The trees, still mainly leafless, maintained their wintery silhouettes, but there was a sort of haze, a shimmer, in their upper branches now, like a whisper made visible, the hint of new growth, the gathering of the green storm.April 16, 2018
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