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  • Deer and more Deer by RB

    Muntjacs are now frequently seen in and around the Common Lands but their population growth brings its challenges writes Ross Bentley. I’m not sure who was most startled. Walking along Sudbury’s Valley Trail footpath recently, I was stopped in my…

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  • End of season cattle round-up

    October sees the grazing season drawing to a close and by the end of the month the process of removing the final cattle to their winter farmstead quarters will be underway. The grass has been well eaten-off through the summer…

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  • The Feathered Fisherman by RB

    All fishermen know that success comes with patience. Catching fish is a waiting game. And there is one creature regularly seen on the Sudbury riverside who has more staying power that any other: the grey heron. Most days on the…

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  • Late Summer Colour

    The Sudbury Common Lands are now well and truly grazed off; the cattle having carried out their task to maintain these famous pastures as open grasslands. Steeped in fascinating history, the grazing records for these lands stretch back into the…

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  • Amazing Butterflies by RB

    I rarely need an excuse to go out in search of butterflies but this month my eyes have been peeled more than usual for lepidoptera. For the past few weeks an active and friendly charity called Butterfly Conservation has held…

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  • A statuesque Rush but not a Rush!

    At this time of high summer, out on the riverside pastures the cattle are fattening well as they eat down the acres of herbage. The visual impact of the spring flora has long since passed and apart from some wonderful…

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  • Manouvering Martins and Swooping Swifts

    A summer’s evening and once again Sudbury’s water meadows reveal some of their magic. While we sit on the riverbank on Kings Marsh, a dozen or so house martins fill the space around us, putting on a breath-taking aerial display…

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  • Arteries of the Riverside Pastures

    At this time of high summer, out on the riverside pastures the cattle are fattening well as they eat down the acres of herbage. The visual impact of the spring flora has long since passed and apart from some wonderful…

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  • Damsels and Dragons on the Riverside

    High summer is the time of damsels and dragons. However, far from being in distress, the damsels positively cavort around the riverside in all their colourful finery. The dragons on the other hand are less interested in eating the damsels,…

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  • New Brooms

    Whilst both farming and conservation work is carried out year round on the riverside to ensure that the aims of the management plans are met, it is really at this time of year that the fruits of many years of…

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