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Rain Sideways by Paul Evans

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"The storm is with us. Standing in the dunes in the indifferent lash of rain sideways feels like being part of a community"
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Life-affirming flash of colour in the hedgerow

Life-affirming flash of colour in the hedgerow | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire These shocking pink perennials are an antidote to a kind of sobriety that prevails in much writing about the natural world
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Monstrous Thing

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Dark, dangerous, repulsive ...a being thrown up from the deep...a monstrous thing... paulevanswenlockedge.com/#!monstrous-th… #books pic.twitter.com/MRqXdXWKJD


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Paul Evans @DrPaulEvans1 Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge: Song after the storm

Paul Evans @DrPaulEvans1 Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge: Song after the storm | Nature Flash | Scoop.it

The robin materialises from a point in the ground where the storm disappeared. Out of all the thrashing rain and screaming winds, the bird stands, in the conspicuous, red-breasted, defiance of the season’s greetings card pose and begins to sing.

 

Storm Desmond, which newspaper headlines have called the wildest of all, seems to have largely passed through, although there are still errant gusts and cat-spits of rain.

 

“After a storm there must be a calm,” sang Desmond Dekker. It’s not calm yet. At the coat-flapping edges of the gale we escaped the worst of the flooding and wind damage that hit the north. But we have not come out of it unscathed. Flood barriers have been erected on the river towns, and the Severn flashes across fields where swans and geese gather for the event.

 


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Leaves turning fiery like metal blades in a forge

Leaves turning fiery like metal blades in a forge | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country Diary Wenlock Edge, Shropshire Autumn’s falling leaves are full of meaning: leaving and loss, mortality and decay
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Paul Evans: We must all realise why botany and Kew Gardens really matter | Comment | London Evening Standard

Paul Evans: We must all realise why botany and Kew Gardens really matter | Comment | London Evening Standard | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
As a writer, gardener and conservationist, I am fascinated by the way our attitudes to wild and cultivated plants shape the world we live in. Much of what I’ve learned about that I’ve discovered from botanical gardens — and Kew is the greatest of these.  Kew is more than a venerable historic institution; it is a living thing, a community of plants and people that has grown through the centuries. Kew tells us about the past (inglorious though some of its stories are) and it is telling us about our future, too.

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Insects find lifeline in the busiest of busy lizzies

Insects find lifeline in the busiest of busy lizzies | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire Despite its invasive tendencies, Himalayan balsam is a useful food source for many insects
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Blot out and backcross: the butterfly’s genetic secret?

Blot out and backcross: the butterfly’s genetic secret? | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire A controversial theory claims the reason butterflies and their caterpillars look so dissimilar is down to hybridogenesis
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Field Notes From The Edge. Extract chapter 10 Plot, reading by Paul Evans. Published by Rider Books

Field Notes From The Edge. Extract chapter 10 Plot, reading by Paul Evans. Published by Rider Books | Nature Flash | Scoop.it

Field Notes From The Edge. Video extract, chapter 10, reading by Paul Evans. 

 

Field Notes From The Edge published by Rider Books @RiderBooks 

Paul Evans @DrPaulEvans1 


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Rooks among the rocks at Stonehenge

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Country Diary: Stonehenge Grey rocks arranged like sails, each with its own character, presence and miniature meadow of lichens ‘performed’ under a windy sky" 


Photograph by Maria Nunzia @Varvera illustrator of inside nature illustrations of Field Notes From The Edge by Paul Evans @EvansFieldNotes published by Rider Books to be published on the 4 June 2015. http://www.riderbooks.co.uk/books/details.asp?e=9781846044564&t=Field-Notes-from-the-Edge


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Green spirits awakening in May

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Country Diary Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: Green alkanet is in flower and inside the woods a wet emerald glows from earth to treetop
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Wenlock Edge In the most environmentally aware decades the loss of wild plants has accelerated

Wenlock Edge In the most environmentally aware decades the loss of wild plants has accelerated | Nature Flash | Scoop.it

They come from the sun, the lesser celandines – like particles blown in on solar winds they flower, sun-like. Open buttercups with heart-shaped leaves, the lesser celandines are some of the first flowers, and they like the soggy waysides. They can emerge as single teasers or erupt in sudden brassy flashes in that where-have-you-been time of year when a splash of colour is needed by insects and people alike.


Common and taken for granted once, they spark up the yellow pulse that includes primroses, cowslips and daffs, but they will slip back into the unconscious when the drama of spring takes hold. Each year, fewer wild plants return from the mud of memory. Once common and taken-for-granted flowers are fading away.


Last weekend’s launch of The Flora and Vegetation of Shropshire saw a gathering of botanical and conservation clans at Preston Montford, near Shrewsbury. Produced from 350,000 records collected by more than 1,000 volunteer naturalists and written by Sarah Whild and Alex Lockton, The Flora is a wonderful collection of botanical records, distribution maps, illustrations and photographs, and the story of the changing nature of Shropshire’s flora.


The last really important county flora was the Ecological Flora of Shropshire, first published in 1985. Ian Trueman, one of its authors, told me that comparing data from the 30 years between these works it appears we’re good at maintaining the very special places but terrible at keeping the plants of common waysides and hedges.

Many plants are being lost. One botanist lamented yellow pansies, so numerous you trod on them at every step for miles across a hill, now confined to one little field. Another was concerned there was less political will for conservation now.


It’s hard to believe that in the most environmentally aware decades the loss of wild plants has accelerated. This marks a failure of the stumbling conservation movement we all have to share. The diligent and heart-felt work of amateur naturalists and conservationists is easily lost in the noise of human progress. However, I see each bite of data, each act of witness as bright and vital as a lesser celandine flower, humble in its title but brilliant in its presence – a collective joy.

Paul Evans (@DrPaulEvans1)

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Dazzling light at the Devil’s Chair

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Country Diary The Long Mynd, Shropshire: On the upland heath the unlocking of leaf and flower buds feels like the crackle of electricity
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What's New on my website, travel photography by Maria Nunzia, Caernarfon, Harlech, Hoo Peninsula and latest BBC Radio 4 Feature, The River

What's New on my website, travel photography by Maria Nunzia, Caernarfon, Harlech, Hoo Peninsula and latest BBC Radio 4 Feature, The River | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Paul Evans Guardian Country Diary, books, writings,videos, poetry, BBC radio programmes and plays.

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Daffodil Extract from Herbaceous by Paul Evans 

Daffodil Extract from Herbaceous by Paul Evans  | Nature Flash | Scoop.it

'Down in Dymock, on the red clay of Severn Vale,

the daffodils packed in boxes went to London on

the train and poets went to War. Neither came back'.

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The gothic charm of cormorants

The gothic charm of cormorants | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge In recent years these diving fish-hunters have become ubiquitous in freshwater lakes and rivers
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Haws light way for the worm hunters | Environment | The Guardian

Haws light way for the worm hunters | Environment | The Guardian | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire Maybe 50 buzzards were staring into the earth, charming worms up by the power of will
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Kronking ravens and flower oracles – our natural barometers?

Kronking ravens and flower oracles – our natural barometers? | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire As I peer into the yarrow and gentians, thinking about changes in this strange season, a raven flies over - then the raindrops fall
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The bucolic noble savage – alive in my head?

The bucolic noble savage – alive in my head? | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire The thrush’s gaze was defiant, proud – I wondered if I read into it what I wanted to see
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Field Notes from the Edge: Journeys through Britain's Secret Wilderness

Field Notes from the Edge: Journeys through Britain's Secret Wilderness | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Field Notes from the Edge: Journeys through Britain’s Secret Wilderness, by Paul Evans
Ebury Press, hardback, 272 pages. Out now

Book review by Neil Sentance

For the past month we’ve been left in charge of my mother-in-law’s young dog, a lively whippet-poodle cross, while she has been bac
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Field Notes From The Edge twitter stream

Field Notes  From The Edge twitter stream | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Field Notes From The Edge book launch. For more info visit http://drpaulevans33.wix.com/paul-evans#!field-notes-from-the-edge-/c15ds
#NewBook @Rider_Books pic.twitter.com/id6FTeHa5g

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Song thrush bursts with soul

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Country Diary Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: Interpretations of what he’s doing seem inadequate, he fills the place with the sound of his entire being" 


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Senses stirred by blackthorn’s snow

Senses stirred by blackthorn’s snow | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country Diary Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: Ephemeral yet eternal, the blackthorn blossom is so emotive it pulls at all the senses
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Momentous and ephemeral: the flowering of the first violet

Momentous and ephemeral: the flowering of the first violet | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country diary: Wenlock Edge Fleeting beauty of the violet holds the potency of an equinox and eclipse
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