Paul Evans nature writer, 

Guardian Country Diarist, playwright, poet, 

broadcaster & environmental journalist 

Paul Evans Nature writer
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Lodge Hill expedition Watch

Lodge Hill expedition Watch Re-imagining lost landscapes at People Need Nature 27 June 2016

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Lodge Hill expedition Cocksfoot Re-imagining lost landscapes at People Need Nature 22 June 2016

Blackbird in Bedroom Maria Nunzia _Varvera

A bird in the house disturbs the order of things Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 8 June 2016

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A summer of rain, roses and nightingales Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 22 June 2016

Found Stories

Rewilding dormouse returning to England's hedgerows 

How the dormouse is returning to England’s hedgerows after 100 years

 

'More than 100 years after they were last recorded by Victorian naturalists in Yorkshire’s Wensleydale valley, rare dormice have returned to a secret woodland location there' Read more on ....

Video Lodge Hill training area

A record of the natural rewilding of Lodge Hill military training area, Chattenden, Kent before it is lost to development. Read more at ...

 

New discoveries on evolution can save endangered species
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Traditionally, the evolutionary development of an insect species has been explained by the notion that the female insect chooses her male partner based on size and other factors, so-called assortative mating. These mating patterns have also been believed to partially explain how the isolation between different species is maintained.
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Termites were farming 25 million years ago — long before humans

'When it comes to farming, termites are OG. By searching through cliffs in southwestern Tanzania, researchers have discovered fossilized "fungus gardens" created by termites 25 million years ago, reports The Washington Post. And the scientists are not kidding about this — the gardens revealed that these ancient termites cultivated fungus by arranging them along a complex plan and feeding them pellets of plant material. Because of this, the researchers say this is the oldest physical evidence of agriculture on Earth'.

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pink campion Maria Nunzia _Varvera

Life-affirming flash of colour in the hedgerow Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 1 June 2016

Blackbird by Maria Nunzia _Varvera

Spring happens all at once, and the woods feel giddy Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 25 May 2016

Thrushling tests the edges

Thrushling tests the edges of its hedge-world Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 11 May 2016

Floating crowfoot

Floating crowfoot toughs it out with the frogs Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 4 May 2016

It's getting steamy in the hedgerow

It's getting steamy in the hedgerow Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 27 April 2016

Towers in a landscape

Towers in a landscape Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 13 April 2016

Crow and the vernal egg

Crow and the vernal egg Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 31 March 2016

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The Gothic Charm of Cormorants Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge 24 February 2016

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An extract from Herbaceous   by Paul Evans, published by Little Toller Books Yellow. p.28

A Monstrous Thing

A Monstrous Thing An extract from Field Notes From The Edge by Paul Evans, published by Rider Books, 2015 Chapter 3. Strand p.38 - p.41

Snowdrop

Snowdrop An extract from Herbacoues  by Paul Evans, published by Little Toller Books White. p.33 - p.34

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The light that made me blink

Of wild doves and snowdrops

3 February 2016 Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge The pigeon cocked a conspiratorial eye at the dog as we walked by. A wind ferocious enough to peel the bird from its perch and blow it away had little effect. The pigeon sat out the squall with saintly patience.

Snipe are inspectors of rainstorms

13 January 2016 Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge. The snipe are not skulking, they’re invisible. Six stand together in the rushes beside Venus Pool, six winged probes the colour of winter marshes,

Something hungry moves in the trees

6 January 2016 Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge The feeling of just being watched does not make this place eldritch. A strange, otherworldly, wood, it can feel unsettling at the best of times....

Nature photographs by Maria Nunzia @Varvera

9 January 2016 Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge Floating in the fog free of meanings.