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  • A New Chapter Begins

    The Sudbury riverside might appear to provide a timeless backdrop to the ever changing town. However, although it still retain much of its bucolic charm, no more so than when the cattle are crossing the floodgates pool from one pasture…

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  • From the Suffolk Slopes of the Stour Valley

    This month’s news comes from the valley slopes of the Stour, namely Great Cornard Country Park. The Sudbury Common Lands Charity has been managing the park on behalf of the parish council for a number of years now and it…

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  • Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

    Sudbury has what might be called a ‘unique’ riverside. Of course its landscape is not mimicked elsewhere so it is different but its uniqueness lies in what it has to offer yet is often overlooked. The uniqueness really comes down…

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  • WONDERFUL WILLOWS ON THE RIVERSIDE

    Willow is a very common tree of the riverside for it thrives in damp conditions; the wetter the better. There are numerous species from the graceful, but non-native weeping willow through to the smaller grey and goat willows. Crack and…

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  • BATS AND PILLBOXES

    The recent chilly Siberian conditions meant that those creatures that hibernate would have been well and truly hunkered down and tucked up. In our considerably more open winters animals tend to break their hibernation during mild spells. Bats in particular…

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  • Very Early Signs of Spring

    It is surprising how very early in the year spring starts for some species. We tend to associate spring with improving weather as March hopefully ‘goes out like a lamb’ and promising days of April, cheerful with yellow daffodils brightening…

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  • A Plant for the Festive Season

    With the cattle now removed to their winter quarters and the autumn colours fading and falling from the trees some may feel that the Sudbury riverside loses its appeal. It is, however, all about looking and listening and then it…

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  • Season’s End for Grazing Cattle

    The end of yet another grazing season fast approaches and with it any lingering ideas that halcyon days are still with us are banished. The evenings are drawing in and cooler days mean that grass growth becomes imperceptible and no…

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  • Willows on the Riverside

    Many people enjoy the Sudbury riverside and see it uniquely as a place of informal recreation for walking the dog, picnicking, boating on the river, cycling, feeding the ducks and so on. They rarely give any thought to the economic…

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  • Butterfly Summer

    In the 1690s, John Ray of Black Notley near Braintree, sometimes considered to be the father of natural history in Britain, wrote that butterflies existed ‘to brighten the countryside like so many golden jewels’. There can be few people who…

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