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Alan Shearman
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The Gruffalo
I was working today at Horsenden Hill in Ealing and just had to spend 20 minutes exploring the gruffly trail!

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Thursley Common
I spent most of last Friday at Thursley Nature Reserve which is one of the largest remaining fragments of a once more extensive area of heathland in Surrey. Covering an area of 325 ha Thursley NNR holds extensive areas of open dry heathland, peat bogs, pine...

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Rainham - early morning at the west end!
Just after 5am, low lying fog hides the ground but soon clears. Bird song is everywhere with the three main songsters being Whitethroat, Reed Warbler and Cetti's Warbler and there were lots of each species! Add to this the odd Wren, Dunnock Blackbird and So...

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Rainham - An early morning stroll along the seawall
A day off and what better way to start the day than a stroll along the seawall. There is always something to see.at Rainham, but this morning was just perfect, the sun coming up, already warm, superb scenery and no people...not one for the first hour! A Bar...

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A Crane in the mist!
Arrived yesterday morning at the serin mound at Rainham Marshes around 5.30 to find Wennington Marsh in fact the whole reserve mostly hidden beneath low lying fog. Spot a Crane, I couldn't even make out the cows! Sun beginning to burn off the fog But the su...

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Something a little different - Hackney Street Art
During lunch yesterday my colleague Emily took me on a street art ramble around Hackney and there was loads to see. Mr. Degri is an Italian artist and here are a couple of portraits. Mr. Degri - Muhammid Ali Mr. Degri - Lou Reed I think! Tang - this huge bl...

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Rainham - New Life!
Spent a few hours yesterday at RSPB Rainham Marshes. The hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers is paying off, as I saw my first Lapwing and Redshank chicks today! Redshank chick Redshank protecting their young in the air... and on the ground,...

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A North American Gull....but which one!
Spent the morning at Rainham, had a pleasant walk around anti-clockwise. Then as I set foot on the viewing platform overlooking the target pools, Andrew Gouldstone the Site Manager was obviously looking at something intently and asked if I could photograph ...

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Aveley Bay.....wader mecca!
Spent a couple of hours yesterday at Rainham along the seawall. Pretty much all of the time was spent around Aveley Bay. There was a fantastic mixed group of waders feeding on the exposed mud. The group included 32 Grey Plover, 2 Knot, 8 Black-tailed Godwit...

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Great Crested Grebe...and then there were three!
Great to see the pair of grebes at Dagenham Chase have a good sized youngster.
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