The Long-tailed Tit

The Long-tailed Tit

I often come across small groups of this splendid little bird on my country walks. You cannot but help be enthralled by the antics of…
Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight

The tumbling temperatures of winter present a stiff challenge to Devon’s wildlife.  Some species opt out, choosing migration in search of warmth and food. But…
Bill Burnell

Bill Burnell

Bill Burnell was a simple man in every sense of that word. Ken Watson's new book Veterinary Days is now available, with over 60 stories of…
Naughtiness or pain?

Naughtiness or pain?

Problems with ridden horses are often attributed to the horse being purposefully difficult, naughty, stubborn, taking the mickey, ignoring the rider or always being that…
Our changing seasons

Our changing seasons

What do the months of November and December hold in store this year? Summer seemed to continue well into October and the normal September storms…
Three marmalade cats

Three marmalade cats

Or Gingers as I like to call them. In my time I have owned, or rather been on the staff of, many cats; but not…
College Days

College Days

There is, or used to be, a station on London Underground called Camden Town which I came to know extremely well. For 4½ years I…
Babies Galore

Babies Galore

Nothing is more fascinating than the way that different species provide for the welfare of their babies. It even starts with the variation in the…
Rodeo Days

Rodeo Days

I was talking to a farmer recently and I mentioned that when I see a vet on the TV these days, they seem to have…
Feeding on the wing

Feeding on the wing

The swift’s eyes have located the prey (if you follow their glance on the image below) - a humble fly that’s no match for the…
A life on the road pt 2

A life on the road pt 2

In the post-war days a job for an assistant invariably came with accommodation and a car.  In my case the living was No.1 Bird’s Nest…
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