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  • It feels like spring in Rutland

    It feels like spring in Rutland

    Well, maybe the icy wind is wintry, but the robin’s egg-blue sky and the bright sun says spring, and this particular Rutland village gives every indication of waking from winter sleep to a new year: dog-walking, gossiping on the high street and talking about gardening (the snowdrops are up at last). My morning dog-walk was accompanied, for the first time, by quite a few decibels of bird-song and some species have already started nesting, evident... Continue reading

  • Red Kites over Rutland

    Red Kites over Rutland

    A pair of red kites is nesting in a tree in a quiet corner on the edge of my village. There has been quite a lot of coverage lately about the way that these beautiful birds have multiplied with a lot of help from various conservation bodies. The local paper, the Rutland Mercury, carried some features and letters about the extent to which they may, or may not, prey on song birds. Personally, I doubt... Continue reading