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    Slow worm on a sun-warmed grassy footpath leading out of Martingale towards Gowk Hill, this afternoon. Just before I entered Martingale's blue-bell heaven. It's decades since I last had the pleasure of spotting one.

    To a Slow-worm (Anguis Fragilis) by AC Clarke

    You were doing your best to be twig
    bent at each end when I saw you.
    Something hard to define -

    the faint sheen of your skin, your smooth
    outline, your air of being damaged somehow,
    confirmed the link between us.

    I thought you dead until you slowly raised
    your glove-puppet head, just a slit of mouth to mark it,
    eyelids still shut

    as if you couldn't quite believe your luck
    in coming out of whatever it was alive.
    You did seem fragile then,

    half-formed. It hurt to look at you, as it does
    to look at an embryo doubling weak fists
    in a belljar, birthcord trailing -

    misplaced concern: you could live years
    seeking little beyond the next meal
    the next patch of sun

    not moved to inhabit any skin
    but the one you're at home in, not struggling
    to word yourself into shape.
    “My actions are my only true belongings.”

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    A flipping hornet the size of a fighter plane checking out the roof space of my shed, whilst I'm sat in it!
    Missus not too keen on them as they get in her moth trap overnight and kill the moths.

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    A pair of herons flying together over the meadows by the river Soar. I think I have only ever seen single herons in the past.

    Disturbed another heron later while walking along the canal. He flew across to the other side to continue his fishing.
    In his lifetime he suffered from unreality, as do so many Englishmen.
    Jorge Luis Borges

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    I was walkig through a woods on Walney island when i saw four orangy-red shapes in a field that the path led to. It was a fox and cubs, fleeting glimpse as they ran through a hole in a fence and into a wood.

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    Squirrel on the summit of West Nab again! Mountain Hare, Sky Lark, Curlew and Meadow Pippet.

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    Heron catching a fish while standing on the towpath of the Bridgewater canal in Manchester, as I ran towards it. It then got ready to fly away but didn't need to and let me run right past it.
    No longer "resting"

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    3 otters playing in a loch 60 m from where I was drinking beer

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    I saw a weasel/stoat about a mile short of Rosthwaite in the Borrowdale valley this afternoon. This may well be an everyday occurrence for most people, I have a terrible knowledge of wildlife, but for someone from the concrete jungle, it was a first.

    Interestingly saw two very low flying planes above Thirlmere, no more than I'd say 100-150ft up. Not the really fast typhoon jets, but more slow moving, like bombers (they must still have been doing 100-150mph though, so not too slow!

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    I saw one of them humming-bird moths on Thursday near Sandwith, Whitehaven. My third sighting of one of these in 53 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travs View Post
    I saw a weasel/stoat about a mile short of Rosthwaite in the Borrowdale valley this afternoon. This may well be an everyday occurrence for most people,

    I've had quite a few sightings of weasel/stoat in Borrowdale over the years. I once watched a family of weasel playing on a path one evening.

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