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Sunday, April 15th, 2012 | Author:


A view of the River Ver now the hedge has been laid.

Make the most of it! Recent showers have had  no effect on the continuing fall in water level.

On the subject of our local chalk stream, a new book has been announced ……

The River Ver –  A Meander through Time

 by Jacqui Banfield-Taylor



This first major and comprehensive work on the River Ver
reveals a fascinating story from source to confluence and prehistory to the
twenty-first century of a chalk stream that has shaped not only the local
landscape but the lives of people past and present.

With a forward by the renowned television presenter and
wildlife photographer Chris Packham of Spring/Autumn Watch fame, the book tells
of the Ver’s long, interesting and chequered history, including archaeology and
geology, milling and watercress growing, problems with abstraction along with
rainfall and aquifer records, abstraction and flow charts and comprehensive
records and details of a selection of local flora and fauna.

There are wonderful personal memories and experiences
sprinkled throughout the book of people who have lived, worked and played on or
near the river, helping to bring the past to us here in the present, all
complemented with over 300 illustrations, many never seen before in public and
some going back more than 250 years.

The River Ver, A Meander through Time, makes it clear how
valuable and important our chalk streams are and how vital it is to raise their
profile and that of the rich diversity of wildlife they support. This
beautifully written and illustrated book hopes to encourage readers to take an
interest in exploring and caring for this superlative resource and its
surroundings and help to give the River Ver its rightful importance now and for
future generations.

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Thursday, March 01st, 2012 | Author:

Reasonable shot of a goldcrest ….


and could this be the rare redpollarder?

Thursday, October 20th, 2011 | Author:

This is the longest centipede I have ever seen! On an elder stump …. must have been 50 – 75mm long when stretched out .. and unusual sight  as they’re generally nocturnal


I think I’ll adopt it as my

Signature photo!


and at last a shot of the heron in flight, but almost missed it…

Friday, October 14th, 2011 | Author:


 – 10 days left to vote for the WWA

on the natwest community awards scheme……


Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 | Author:

Monday morning: new family makes the overland trip to see the willow sculpture

Sunday, May 08th, 2011 | Author:

..."When no other colour can be seen but green, mile after mile of green... " Richard Church (1893-1972) - The Inheritors (1957).

Monday, December 20th, 2010 | Author:

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from the Watercress Wildlife Association ………..

and could this be evidence of someone who should have used the main gate ……?

Stick to dry land in the future, even if it is covered with snow !

Saturday, November 06th, 2010 | Author:
Saturday 6th November.

The usual peace and tranquillity broken by the frenzied squawk of a small group of parakeet!
Eventually seen off by equally vociferous magpie
Sunday, August 29th, 2010 | Author:

The swans are back, chasing away allcomers. Even the heron….

and the WWA are crowned Water Vole Champions by the Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust……

but just where are they? Answers on a postcard please.


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Friday, July 30th, 2010 | Author:

Occasionally you see something that delights the ole spirit. In the last week, I saw 2. The first occasion was at midday during the week when I spotted a muntjac (my first) near the heap for grassnakes. Funny dog, I thought and the way it moved its tail was most odd. I know other members have seen one or even 2 before but they had always escaped me. I was amazed it had ventured so far into the reserve and think it’s not only foxes which are becoming less fearful. My second impressive sight was a few days later,when I was doing my regular butterfly monitoring. I came across at least 10 gatekeepers, flying in a group but as you can see from the photo doing their own thing. (It was impossible to get all 10 in a photo as I had to get quite closeup for them to be visible.) It was also pretty impossible to count them, as you can probably imagine – worse than counting sheep! That day I also spotted the first water lily I’ve seen on the little pond and saw a little frog and heard another croaking away happily. The photo below was the best I could do without falling in ……

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