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Andy Denwood
Andy Denwood is a journalist and broadcaster living in North West England.
Andy Denwood is a journalist and broadcaster living in North West England.

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Launched on the Moss
The book is now on sale! We launched  'Leighton Moss Ice Age to Present Day' at the RSPB visitor centre last Saturday. And I'm delighted to say that many of the generous folk who shared their knowledge of the Moss -- and their photos -- were there to give t...

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Early Birder
Alice Watterson's evocative image of a Mesolithic man -- complete with ceremonial head-dress, decorative feathers and deer-skin suit. While we're celebrating the RSPB's 50th anniversary at Leighton Moss, it's worth reflecting that interest in the wildfowl o...

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One Jacket, Two Great Photos
The book has now gone to the printers and this is the final version of the front cover -- a bit spruced up from the earlier dummy.  I t's a  clever combination of two great photos. The idea came from my publisher, the redoubtable Anna Goddard at Carnegie. I...

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'Black with Duck'
Ducks at dawn on the Moss When Leighton Moss flooded at the end of the Great War the owners faced what might be termed a problem of rebranding. Between 1850 and 1918 the drained Moss had been known as "The Golden Valley"-- one of the most productive cereal-...

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Dawn on the Moss
The view from Lilian's hide at 5.45am I'm so glad I managed to get down to the Moss for sun-rise this morning. There is a timeless quality to the reserve at dawn. The duck were still snoozing but the red deer were out in numbers around Grisedale hide. Perha...

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Where's Midge? The Roll-over
OK ... not the best start to the 'Where's Midge?' competition. No-one seemed to know where Midge was/is in this photo. To be fair, now I look at it again there is not much to go on.  Admittedly my old friend Ian Christie did send me the following message:.....

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The Great Flood
I love digging through archives. But there's no denying that some days are a little dull: after several unproductive hours you have to force your eyes to focus on the paperwork. And then occasionally, you turn up a document of real significance, one that wa...

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The Wheel on the Pump
People didn't hang around when they wanted to change things in Victorian England. Richard Thomas Gillow, the owner of Leighton Hall in the 1840's decided he wanted drain the Moss for agriculture. Efforts had been made before with limited success, but this t...

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Judge the Cover
It's weeks since I finished writing the book but it only seems real now there's a cover. My colleagues at Carnegie Publishing  (Anna Goddard and Lucy Frontani)   have sent me a mock-up -- not the finished thing, there are a few photoshop flourishes yet to c...

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Boss on the Moss
Chair of the RSPB Steve Ormerod was one of the speakers at a celebratory lunch this week to mark the 50th birthday of the Leighton Moss reserve. He joined staff, volunteeers, local supporters and representatives of funding organisations for an outdoor lunch...
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