Summer is over and it’s dark now when I leave for work in the morning. In the last week or two, walking along the path by my block, I could feel strands of spider-silk against my face and neck.
The herring gulls came to the towns and cities because it was easier to find food there. The seas were emptying but the land was ever more bountiful. Domestic waste and fast food detritus were turning urban streets into medieval re-enactment zones.
The yew trees of Kingley Vale comprise the most extensive yew forest in Britain and perhaps in all of Europe. Nestled in a cleft of the South Downs not far from Chichester, the site was declared the UK’s first National Nature Reserve in 1952.