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A Rich Hobby

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Local sportsman, John Rich, reports seeing a Hobby (Falco subbuteo) flying over Little Thetford last week. This is unusual as it is normally an April through September visitor, migrating from Africa, Europe and Central and East Asia. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds records only two thousand two hundred breeding pairs in the United Kingdom. […]

With Egrets

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Whilst cycling along Sustrans route 11, Tony Shaw tells us he saw two Egrets. Sustrans is the sustainable transport charity formed in 1983 from the 1977 Cyclebag network. Sustrans national cycle route 11 connects Harlow in Essex with Kings Lynne in Norfolk, passing Little Thetford towards Ely along the east bank of the River Great Ouse. […]

John Parish of Bedwell Hey farm saw a Corncrake (Crex crex) on his land during the harvest in September 2010. These small secretive moorhen like birds are rare in England and Wales, although larger numbers are found in Northern Ireland and western Scotland. The males have a distinctive rasping call. This migratory species breed in […]

A New Year walk

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A New Year walk Next time you are walking in Little Thetford, take your camera. You never know what you may find. If you are unsure what you have seen, send us your photograph and we will identify it for you. Whilst walking from Little Thetford to Ely on New Years Day with six friends, […]

Waxwing in Little Thetford

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Waxwing in Little Thetford This rare winter visitor from Scandinavia was spotted by Gill Norman recently in Little Thetford. Breeding in Northern European pine forests, this beautiful plump bird, with yellow tips to its wings, migrates south in winter when breeding grounds become over-populated. They feed on berries, particularly hawthorn, supplemented by cotoneaster and rose. […]

Paul Howard took this terrific sequence of pictures of a fox at play in the village (click on the image below to see all five pictures) . The pictures have also been added to the gallery (under Nature).

We’ve just added a page about the progress of the Barn Owls on Bedwell Hey Farm. However, it’s not all good news – cat owners – can you help? If your cat is bringing in uneaten mice – please see the details on the page above.