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Personal reflections on encounters with nature
The Hollow Oak

The Hollow Oak

  • Fri 4th Mar, 2022

Think about your favourite nature walk for a moment. Is there a special place on the walk that you always look forward to visiting?

The Power Ball. Hundreds of Red Knot form a tight ball and power their way across the Humber Estuary at sunset © Richard Baines

The Power Ball

  • Fri 7th Jan, 2022

Mid-winter in Grimsby is not necessarily the time or place I expected to experience one of my most memorable natural encounters!

Mother and baby Spruce © Richard Baines

Encounters With Spruce Trees And Change

  • Wed 22nd Dec, 2021

I once read there are only three things certain in life; birth, death and change. I don’t remember where I read it but that’s not important, what keeps me smiling is observing the power of all three in 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.