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The Strand, Lough Beg, Co Derry

Today’s Country Diary in The Guardian. The whooper swans are among the many things that make Lough Beg special. Many thanks to all the folks who helped me track down or provided detailed info about the breeding behaviour and movements … Continue reading

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Once upon a time I could have walked from here to Cumbria

My contribution to today’s Country Diary in The Guardian. A little allegory on climate change. Thanks, as ever, to Paul Fleckney, Country Diary editor.

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Single or taken?

Here is today’s Country Diary in the Guardian. A little piece about reed buntings. I discovered the marvels of Donnybrewer while I was doing my PhD some years back. It was one of my favourite fieldwork sites, thanks to these … Continue reading

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Antrim Curlews

What a joy this has been. The chicks were due to hatch by yesterday, but as I write they haven’t quite made a clear appearance, although their cheeps have been constant, and I’ve seen a wee head, I’m pretty sure, … Continue reading

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Acht na Gaelige

I shouldn’t be writing this. I have better things to do. I am enduring another bout of RSI so I am typing very slowly and gently and trying to keep my left thumb away the spacebar entirely. My left thumb … Continue reading

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Cyphers 91

Cyphers 91 was launched online as part of the Strokestown Poetry Festival on May 2nd. I am honoured to have had my poem “I Sing Me To More Myself” (poem 2 of my Reed Bunting sequence, where the form of … Continue reading

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Every 500 breaths of miles

Best I can do in terms of a mash-up. Snaffling off Dynamic Ecology again, but who could resist this? (And Jeremy is – almost always – right)

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Science Matters

As someone who used to be vaguely scientific, I enjoyed this immensely. The original is just as hilarious. What ARE fish even doing down there???

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In the dawn chorus, no one wants to be outsung

I was expecting this to appear in today’s Guardian, but it was out yesterday. And I missed it! I must be getting blasé … On a separate note, I noticed this. Heartbreaking. Idaho’s wolves are descended from a small number … Continue reading

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Funding

I’m delighted to be a recipient of an Arts Council of Northern Ireland IERP2 funding award. Many thanks to Damian Smith, Head of Drama & Literature, and to the panel that made the decision. It’s a great boost for my … Continue reading

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