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Out in the flood, a deceit of lapwings. 

We owe them more than memory.

Wishing them and you Happy New Year. 

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Maria Nunzia @Varvera 's curator insight, January 2, 2014 4:28 AM

Out in the flood, a deceit of lapwings. 

We owe them more than memory 

Wishing them and you Happy New Year. 

Maria Nunzia @Varvera 's curator insight, January 2, 2014 4:35 AM

Out in the flood, a deceit of lapwings. 

We owe them more than memory.

Wishing them and you Happy New Year. 

Maria Nunzia @Varvera 's curator insight, January 2, 2014 4:35 AM

Out in the flood, a deceit of lapwings. 

We owe them more than memory.

Wishing them and you Happy New Year. 

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Field Notes From The Edge twitter stream

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Field Notes From The Edge book launch. For more info visit http://drpaulevans33.wix.com/paul-evans#!field-notes-from-the-edge-/c15ds
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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

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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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Burnt cakes and ticking bombs

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Country Diary Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: Rackham’s book The Ash Tree has a seething anger about our inability to look after things that matter
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A Beau Geste of robins

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Country diary: Wenlock Edge: He announces to his possible lovers that he is noble and virile, and to his enemies that he is 100 robins, all of them fierce, fearless and free
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Catkin and comet, earthly and celestial keepers of time and motion

Catkin and comet, earthly and celestial keepers of time and motion | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country Diary Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: One has days to shake off its golden pollen, the other will not pass for 8,000 years
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Brittle chill refreshes mist-cloaked land

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Country Diary Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: The new came with the sting of ice, a knock-hard ground, grass and twigs rimed
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Jim Perrin Reviews Herbaceous by Paul Evans in The Great Outdoors Magazine.

Jim Perrin Reviews Herbaceous by Paul Evans in The Great Outdoors Magazine. | Nature Flash | Scoop.it

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Wayside’s everlasting archangel blooms still, even as the days draw in

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Country Diary Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: Dead-nettles ignore the messed up seasons
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For Bhutan, it Takes a Community to Save the Snow Leopard

For Bhutan, it Takes a Community to Save the Snow Leopard | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
The snow leopard, like most of the world’s big cats, survives by keeping a low profile. Yet its secretive nature and penchant for living among some of the steepest, remotest mountain ranges on the ...
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Guardian Book Review: Herbaceous by Paul Evans 'The John Clare of his generation'.

Guardian Book Review: Herbaceous by Paul Evans 'The John Clare of his generation'. | Nature Flash | Scoop.it

John Vidal enjoys a set of tightly told and amusing reflections on plants


'Human history and culture for Evans is right at the heart of nature. I liked the story of the gardeners's mortal enemy, ground elder, being no more eradicable than the instinctive feeling of danger one gets in a dark urban car park, and the image of Serbian Olga eating a sausage sandwich in a British layby, staring out from a chip van at a field of Oxeye daisies that came, like her, from the Balkans'.

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Field Notes From The Edge. Extract chapter 10 Plot, reading by Paul Evans. Published by Rider Books

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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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Hazards galore in squirrel’s hunt for food

Hazards galore in squirrel’s hunt for food | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge Does she know the gardens where a camera rather than an air rifle is likely to poke out of the kitchen window?
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Social climber with a crusty bark

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Country Diary Wenlock Edge: Plumed seedheads of traveller’s joy hold light in the lane with a glow of their own
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Pagan blessing for the moon and hare

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Country Diary Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: Old white rabbit saying perhaps refers to hares, white in winter and sacred to the moon goddess
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Sycamore seeds twizzle down like tiny helicopters to the ground

Sycamore seeds twizzle down like tiny helicopters to the ground | Nature Flash | Scoop.it
Country Diary Wenlock Edge, Shropshire Winged seeds come spiralling out of the murk

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The Spirit Child - BBC Radio 4 By Paul Evans author of Herbaceous The youngest person aged 11 to have been hung in the UK

The Spirit Child - BBC Radio 4 By Paul Evans author of Herbaceous The youngest person aged 11 to have been hung in the UK | Nature Flash | Scoop.it

A ghostly tale inspired by the story of Alice Glaston, a child who died at the gallows.

 

'Paul Evans narrates a ghostly tale inspired by the true story of Alice Glaston who at eleven years old was the youngest person to be hung. She was hung from the gallows tree in Much Wenlock in Shropshire in 1545. When writer Paul Evans who was born here, later returned to live here and discovered the story of Alice Glaston from a passing reference in a local history book, he was both shocked and intrigued. The more he thought about the story, the more he felt a responsibility to tell the story as a way to free Alice's ghost. It is the landscape and its stories which have inspired this poem, and this landscape is powerfully evoked through sound recordings by Chris Watson.
Alice is played by Bettrys Jones. Producer: Sarah Blunt'

 

Pick of the Week - BBC Radio 4 The Spirit Child 2/11/2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04n2ks8

 



 


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Puck’s little pink flowers of mischief

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Country Diary: Much Wenlock A kind of geranium, herb robert is associated with the goblin Knecht Ruprecht
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Grey for danger, red for hope

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Country diary: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: Red is love and luck in this landscape, where leaf colours fall together to become brown

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A foundling magpie

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Country diary: Wenlock Edge: Awkward yet bold, vulnerable yet insistent, the young magpie seemed unruffled by our presence, as if it were seeking us out

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