Managed retreat

12 November saw Christine and me on the coast near Selsey, just south of Chichester, in brilliant sunshine but a fierce, northerly wind that emanated from the arctic. We had parked our car close to Earnley church to visit the western side of the RSPB’s Medmerry reserve and walked along the track, past the RSPB … More Managed retreat

Autumn gold and other countryside change – a day by the River Itchen

In the 1970s, when undertaking research on Starlings with the then Ministry of Agriculture, most of my winter fieldwork took place near Winchester in Hampshire. During this period of my life I became familiar with the stretch of the River Itchen between New Alresford and Kings Worthy and liked, in particular, the river as it … More Autumn gold and other countryside change – a day by the River Itchen