Autumn in England 2022

Our rapidly warming climate is pushing the English autumn colours further and further ahead. As of 25th October 2022, Abbots Wood in East Sussex was still on the green side. I always book a holiday in late October, based on happy childhood memories of the New Forest, but the climate was much cooler back then. The autumn colours now peak in early to mid-November. Unlike parts of North America, where fall can last just a few weeks, ours continues well into December. Fortunately, the village of Little Horsted has a collection of non-native ornamental trees — Ginkgo, Japanese Maple and Witch Hazel, along with native European beech. These species tend to fall earlier than, say, English Oak, Elm or Hornbeam.  Little Horsted is about the same distance from Lewes as Lewes is from Brighton, and the bus journey is not too long. The bus takes me on part of the route my family took from Kent, where I was born, as we moved down to Brighton. My mother said the car stopped in Ringmer, because I need

Save Worth Forest | Stop Center Parcs

Keep Worth Forest in Sussex and out of the hands of globalist bullies.   Center Parcs wants to monetise a beautiful forest I've been visiting since 2012. Set amidst the rolling, small scale High Weald landscape, with meandering streams and carpets of bluebells, I've spent many happy hours wandering the forest glades. I've brought friends and other photographers here and met friendly folk with a mutual interest in this ancient woodland. I never predicted that my beloved home-from-home would one day become embroiled in a dispute about whether the forest should become a Center Parcs resort. It was previously reported in the media, that Oldhouse Warren, part of historical Worth Forest, near the village of Balcombe in West Sussex, was earmarked for a corporate land grab. Now, it can be revealed that part of Cowdray Forest, which had permissive access, will be occupied by Center Parcs. If this happens, the forest will be fenced off and 'developed' — with 900 lodges, a gi

Early Summer Roe Deer Project - 2022

I've been visiting a nature reserve on the Sussex/Surrey border since 2011, and it's an ideal place to photograph Roe deer, especially in early summer, when the grass isn't too tall and food sources are plentiful. Human visitors to the reserve are almost always polite and considerate to me. The fact that roe deer can be observed from close quarters in plain sight is testament to how much local people care about the animals and birds living here. Although a few photographers know about the reserve, I prefer not to share the location, as photographers would be at cross-purposes, with one person having to structure their activity around the others'. The mature buck (see below) is chasing a younger, smaller buck away from his territory, following one of many incursions. The unfortunate victim of chasing had a rotten day. More on this later. Visitors to this site will be delighted to recognise the same mature buck from 2021. It's a pity that I wasn't able to spot any

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