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How a visit to Breckland was rewarded with the sight and sounds of some special birds

25 May 2021
How a visit to Breckland was rewarded with the sight and sounds of some special birds

How a visit to Breckland was rewarded with the sight and sounds of some special birds

25 May 2021

From the stone curlew to the woodlark, naturalist Martin Walters enjoys some wonderful sightings.


The results of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch are in

27 April 2021
The results of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch are in

The results of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch are in

27 April 2021

Naturalist Martin Walters reports on the findings.

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Daffodils: An inspiration for centuries

11 April 2021
Daffodils: An inspiration for centuries

Daffodils: An inspiration for centuries

11 April 2021

Martin Walters admires a springtime favourite.


The majesty of trees at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

23 February 2021
The majesty of trees at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The majesty of trees at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

23 February 2021

Martin Walters inspects some of the amazing species.


Enjoy the birds around you - and help track their fortunes with the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

23 January 2021
Enjoy the birds around you - and help track their fortunes with the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Enjoy the birds around you - and help track their fortunes with the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

23 January 2021

Cambridge-based naturalist Martin Walters discusses what is visiting his garden and some of the early flowers.


I had the itch to twitch when rare shrikes and flycatchers stopped by

28 October 2020
I had the itch to twitch when rare shrikes and flycatchers stopped by

I had the itch to twitch when rare shrikes and flycatchers stopped by

28 October 2020

Cambridge-based nature writer Martin Walters couldn’t resist the urge to join a flock of birdwatchers.


The small invertebrates with the big job of maintaining the ecological balance

16 September 2020
The small invertebrates with the big job of maintaining the ecological balance

The small invertebrates with the big job of maintaining the ecological balance

16 September 2020

Nature notes: Martin Walters looks at some of the smaller creatures that are often overlooked in our gardens.


Tuning into the bird song on a ramble in Wilbraham Fen

02 July 2020
Tuning into the bird song on a ramble in Wilbraham Fen

Tuning into the bird song on a ramble in Wilbraham Fen

02 July 2020

Nature notes: Martin Walters gets to hear from an elusive species that can be frustratingly hard to see.


Hobson's heron and the tamer side of Cambridge's wildlife

10 June 2020
Hobson's heron and the tamer side of Cambridge's wildlife

Hobson's heron and the tamer side of Cambridge's wildlife

10 June 2020

Martin Walters has been enjoying the growing boldness of nature and the return of the swifts.


A Cambridgeshire lockdown bursting with colour and sound

29 April 2020
A Cambridgeshire lockdown bursting with colour and sound

A Cambridgeshire lockdown bursting with colour and sound

29 April 2020

Martin Walters has been enjoying the sounds of wildlife - often missed when life is busier than in the current lockdown.


Searching for a rare silhouette during a trip to Breckland

19 March 2020
Searching for a rare silhouette during a trip to Breckland

Searching for a rare silhouette during a trip to Breckland

19 March 2020

Martin Walters goes in search of a rare bird... and finds it over the border in Norfolk.


Spotting a merlin provides some magic on the Norfolk coast

29 January 2020
Spotting a merlin provides some magic on the Norfolk coast

Spotting a merlin provides some magic on the Norfolk coast

29 January 2020

Martin Walters reveals some of the sightings during his trip to the north Norfolk coast


Nature notes: Festive flowers, and an early-bird Christmas present

23 December 2019
Nature notes: Festive flowers, and an early-bird Christmas present

Nature notes: Festive flowers, and an early-bird Christmas present

23 December 2019

Martin Walters looks at plants which have strong associations with Christmas and spots a rare visitor to the UK - and it's not Santa.


Nature notes: Fungi, sweet chestnuts and migrating birds

24 November 2019
Nature notes: Fungi, sweet chestnuts and migrating birds

Nature notes: Fungi, sweet chestnuts and migrating birds

24 November 2019

Martin Walters takes a look at what's been happening nature over the last month.


Signs of an early autumn in Cambridgeshire

30 August 2019
Signs of an early autumn in Cambridgeshire

Signs of an early autumn in Cambridgeshire

30 August 2019

Our nature columnist Martin Walters spots signs of seasonal change


Cambridgeshire nature - the small and dainty acrobats

21 March 2019
Cambridgeshire nature - the small and dainty acrobats

Cambridgeshire nature - the small and dainty acrobats

21 March 2019

Martin Walters takes a look at the various types of tits that can be found in the UK


Discovering the new wildlife area in Cambridge

27 February 2019
Discovering the new wildlife area in Cambridge

Discovering the new wildlife area in Cambridge

27 February 2019

The Cambridge Independent's nature columnist, Martin Walters, has been exploring at Hobson's Park where he found a surprising amount of wildlife.


Over-indulging? Spare a thought for the famished birds of Christmas

20 December 2018
Over-indulging? Spare a thought for the famished birds of Christmas

Over-indulging? Spare a thought for the famished birds of Christmas

20 December 2018

It may be the season to be jolly, but our garden birds will be desperate for nourishment this winter.


Nature: Catching ‘gillies’ on a trip to Norfolk

03 August 2018
Nature: Catching ‘gillies’ on a trip to Norfolk

Nature: Catching ‘gillies’ on a trip to Norfolk

03 August 2018

Escaping the unusual recent heatwave, we spent a few glorious days on the Norfolk coast where we were refreshed by the purer sea air and slightly lower temperatures – a welcome respite from the pollen-laden, polluted air of Cambridge’s traffic-clogged streets.


Nature notes: Is the butterfly on the decline in Cambs?

04 July 2018
Nature notes: Is the butterfly on the decline in Cambs?

Nature notes: Is the butterfly on the decline in Cambs?

04 July 2018

Summer brings out the butterflies. Or does it? Have you seen any in your garden, and if so, then which species? Chris Packham recently reported not finding any in his garden and it does sometimes seem that there are fewer around than in bygone years. So what are the facts? There have certainly been declines in many of our once familiar species, but also a few, including red admiral and comma, that have bucked this trend and become commoner.


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