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Wildlife

Getting amorous for Valentine’s? So is our wildlife. Charlotte Hussey of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust looks at courtship rituals among the county’s animals as they prepare for spring

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February 2017

We may think of our winters as cold, but some species come to the UK at this season for the warm weather. Charlotte Hussey of the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust spots the birds that call Herts their winter home

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January 2017

Many Christmas traditions draw on the natural world, and are often echoes of our pagan past. Charlotte Hussey of the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust explores their surprising origins

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December 2016

Murmurations: the dance of the starlings

Thursday, November 17, 2016

As the nights grow longer and days colder there’s a sense of mystery in the air. Around sunset on a clear evening a great cloud of birds forms, swirling and swooping in a flying dance. Charlotte Hussey of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust looks at the magic and the science of starling murmurations

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It’s that fruitful time of year when trees are heavy with apples, pears and plums. Behind the walls of our traditional orchards, a love affair has been rekindled

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Maintaining a successful orchard

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Laura Baker, senior reserves officer at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, gives an insight into the year-round work that goes into managing a successful orchard

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Deer in Hertfordshire: rutting season

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The sights and sounds of the rutting season have been a part of autumn in Hertfordshire for centuries. Now with six species in the county named after the hart, Sandra Deeble explores where to see them and the delicate balance between us and these captivating animals

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Bringing nature and farming together

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hertfordshire is home to a large amount of farmland and modern practices that can be at odds with wildlife. Charlotte Hussey of the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust outlines a new partnership that aims to bring the wild back to the farm

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Running next to a nunnery, then the home of one of Henry VIII’s military commanders, the river Ver at Sopwell Nunnery in St Albans is being looked after for the future.

Countryside Management Service projects officer Michael Iseard explains

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Top 5 butterfly spots in Herts

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

With the sun shining and flowers blooming, it’s a great time to go exploring for butterflies. Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Charlotte Hussey picks her top five places in the county to spot them

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The government has promised 11 million new trees in England over the next 25 years but needs your help. Liz Hamilton of the Campaign to Protect Rural England Herts branch explains how

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The ecologically-important woods and meadow of Great Ashby District Park on the edge of Stevenage are undergoing a five-year plan to enhance their habitats for wildlife and people. Countryside Management Service projects officer Gregory Ault explains

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Seeking a phantom: Bitterns in Herts

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Tim Hill, conservation manager at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, has been down in the reedbeds searching for one of the UK’s most elusive and rare birds

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Are children so absorbed in their mobile phones that they are unable to appreciate the natural world around them? Liz Hamilton says art provides a gateway to the wild

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