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  • The Cattle are Back.

    March saw a sudden and dramatic improvement in weather conditions as the jet stream moved away north to its more usual position. Some very unseasonal and pleasant sunny spells helped to start drying out the riverside pastures which enabled access…

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  • Heritage orchard planting and a whole lot more

    In spite of weather events over the past few months Sudbury can consider itself extremely fortunate. Suffolk as a whole escaped the very worst of the deluges that conspired to bring misery to so many people in southern England although…

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  • All about Swans on the River

    The Mute Swan is the most spectacular example of bird life on the Sudbury riverside and, in particular, on the Sudbury Common Lands. Whether flying overhead with ponderous wing-beats or ‘gliding’ serenely on the river, they are a wonderful asset…

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  • A busy month ahead

    Another year and yet another packed programme of management to ensure that all is ready for the forthcoming grazing season. This month sees the usual annual trim to the Melford Road hedge, the replacement of fencing where posts are old…

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  • All about trees and glorious Autumn colours

    Whilst it is said that the English like to talk about the weather there is no getting away from the fact that this year the seasons have been somewhat askew. Following a long and chilly winter, spring was very late…

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  • The Grazing Season Draws to a Close

    There have been many occasions when the region has been able to count its lucky stars as TV news beamed horrific pictures of flood or storm devastation into our living rooms. East Anglia seemed very fortunate to miss such chaos…

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  • Otters well and truly back on the river

    Autumn day are now advancing but this time of year can still provide many warm and sunny afternoons for enjoying walks across the riverside pastures. It is always worth keeping a sharp eye out for the unusual and through the…

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  • What a Wonderful Butterfly Summer

    For those working long-term in countryside management every year produces something noteworthy and by any stretch of the imagination the year 2013 will be remembered as a special year in terms of butterflies. As the hot days of July took…

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  • A muscle aching, heart warming paddle from ‘Sudbury to the Sea’

    During spells of hot weather the riverside draws people like a magnet to enjoy the visually cooling environment where the grass still grows green and the leafy willows cast a welcoming shade for people and cattle alike. Some extend their…

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  • Keeping our grazing cattle fit and healthy

    The riverside pastures looked spectacular through May and June with a golden carpet of meadow and creeping buttercup. Such a show in our countryside really harks back to a pre-herbicide era when all pastures and meadows were full of a…

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