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Encounters

Personal reflections on encounters with nature
Eurasian Curlew singing in the North York Moors National Park © Richard Baines

Time And Space For Curlews

  • Sat 3rd Jul, 2021

I have grown up with the haunting sound of Curlews inspiring my senses and lifting my spirit. They have always been there... On many of my walks I have been followed by a ‘courlieu’.

Northern Goshawk (male) Berlin 2018 © Richard Baines

Hawks And Doves

  • Sat 6th Mar, 2021

The magic and mystery of certain birds stays with you throughout life. Northern Goshawk and European Turtle Dove are two species which are close to my heart.

Yellowhammer © Dan Lombard

Wild Corners

  • Sat 2nd Jan, 2021

On a beautiful sunny and still winters day

Goldcrest © Richard Baines Flamborough October 2005

The King Of Birds

  • Tue 29th Sep, 2020

A large high-pressure system had developed over Scandinavia reaching across the North Sea to the English east coast. This created a beautiful open sky and easterly tail winds, ideal for songbird migration. I knew we could be in for a ‘fall’ of migrants but I didn’t really expect a royal deluge!

Wild scenes of water and woods in North Yorkshire © Margaret Boyd

Connecting To The Natural World

  • Sun 24th May, 2020

Getting outside is a vital way of preserving and encouraging positive mental health and so is some of the best advice that I received growing up and vital advice to pass on to my children.