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Patrick Barkham
Natural History Writer, The Guardian. New book Wild Child – celebrating childhood & neighbourhood nature. Also: Islander, Butterfly Isles, Badgerlands.
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Stop the Wensum Link 🍃💚🍃 8h
The world is changing. Car use will reduce. So please tell us how can you justify at a time when we are entering the deepest financial recession on record, expenditure of £350 million on an unwanted road. 🍃💚🍃
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BBC Springwatch Jun 2
Nature can be a solace when we feel most isolated. Many of us, including , have been taking solace in the wild world around us during these strange times 💚
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Patrick Barkham 16h
Thanks David, that's really good to hear. And toddler age is perfect for getting into butterflies. Never too young!
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Patrick Barkham 16h
I've never seen a butterfly *admiring* a plastic flower before. Wonderful stuff. Wouldn't be surprised if plastic flower manufacturers everywhere want to use your photo. Make sure they pay dearly for it!
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Patrick Barkham 16h
Thanks Anna. That's definitely my favourite ever photo of Coastlines – where it is meant to be (and be read).
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Matthew Oates 18h
Coming soon, the 2020 Purple Emperor season. They should start on the next warm day. Weather permitting, there should be a very large emergence this year. We may be heading for an annus mirabilis...
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Patrick Barkham 16h
Day #3. It's a Random Act of Wildness, Altruism, Bravery and Kindness by others for the campaign today. Met some truly inspirational people building and living in tree houses in the path of HS2 west of London.
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Patrick Barkham Jun 2
Here's a Wild Child thing I wrote for Foyles blog – plus you can download a free Wild Child activity pack which the good folk at have put together
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Jessica J. Lee 😷 May 30
To combat anti-Black racism in nature & the outdoors, we’re starting a reading group. It’ll run June, July, & August w/ a book & an article for each month. Mid-way & at the end of the month, I’ll send out some Qs for discussion/reflection under the hashtag .
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Patrick Barkham Jun 2
Great news, and lovely pics. Black hairstreak is definitely one of my very favourite butterflies - such a relaxed and sparkling presence in a wood in June.
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Patrick Barkham Jun 2
Random Act of Wildness Day #2: forest bathing in Foxley. An English woodland in midsummer! Chiffchaffs and blackcaps, towers of honeysuckle like Rapunzel's hair, holly berries (eh?), four-spotted chasers. A glorious green tumult of life.
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Patrick Barkham Jun 1
The butterfly season is incredibly early this year. Much less rare than the High Browns but still very welcome are all the new generation Small Tortoiseshells flying in Norfolk today.
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Patrick Barkham Jun 1
Happy My Random Act of Wildness Day #1: lunchtime check with Esme on blackbird nest. Chicks ready to fledge. One stood on nest rim, pondering flight. Thrilling. Didn't get its pic but it looked like Bert from lovely picture book You Can Do It Bert.
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Matthew Oates May 31
White Admiral seen today in Surrey and Worcs. As Fred Trueman used to remark on TMS, "I don't know what's going off on out there anymore..."
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Patrick Barkham May 29
Replying to @HayleyFAshby
Hello Hayley - sounds great! My email address is patrick.barkham@theguardian.com thank you.
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Patrick Barkham May 29
Wild Child video – bit of me reading, bit of Esme chasing butterflies. Thank you very much and for creating this. Signed copies available from ; signed+dedicated from
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Patrick Barkham May 28
2.69 million people don't have green space within 10 min walk of home, finds new research. Local green space should be a universal human right. A new generation of urban parks could be positive post-coronavirus legacy. Come on politicians!
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Patrick Barkham May 26
Replying to @patrick_barkham
Me and Esme had 6 swallowtails roar around us. So thrilling. I love how a flukey aerial shot with a phone captures the fairy magic of these small beasts.
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Patrick Barkham May 26
Swallowtail heaven at Hickling today. Peace, space, willow warblers, crane sharing thermal with marsh harrier and buzzards, great white egret lifting off, cuckoo calling and more four-spotted chasers than I've ever seen. Just sorry no tour this year.
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Patrick Barkham May 25
Ted, 6, on the Dominic Cummings press conference: "It's still going on? He's told his whole life story." I'm biased but first proper questions were by . Media questions also improving as the correspondents get less important.
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