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{ vii } Preface xiii A Geographic Locator  xvii January    1. The Winter Hesitation  1   2. One Glossy Ibis and Many Ticks  2   3. Winter Gales and Beliefs  4   4. Walk the Line  5   5. The Weight of a Snipe  7   6. The Old Battlefield  8 February    7. Paths and Prints in Snow  11   8. Closing Time  12   9. To Iken  14 10. Saturation  15 11. The Box Valley  16 March  12. Disturbing Hints of Spring  19 13. The Beach Crows  20 14. Some Spring for Celandine  22 15. Blackthorn Days  23 16. The Blue Light of Spring  24 CONTENTS { viii }     Contents April 17. Two Buzzards  27 18. The Long Night of Hope  28 19. Mystery Solved  29 20. Nightingales and Green Men  30 21. Sailors’ Reading Room  31 22. The Assington Elms  32 May  23. The Owl and the Sun  35 24. The Bat and the Wild  36 25. Time Travel  37 26. Since Records Began  38 27. Bells in the Cow Parsley Season  40 28. Encounters  41 29. The Northern Sky  42 30. All Four Migrants  43 June  31. Magic in the Thicks  47 32. The Lost Shore  48 33. Hollyhock Summer  50 34. A Submission  51 35. Lay-Bys of the A12  53 36. The Cottage Hospital  55 37. Come Back the Wild  56 38. Anniversary  58 July  39. Village Edgelands  61 40. Nature at a Nuclear Power Station  62 41. Digging for Victory  64 42. Under Another Atomic Sky  65 43. Heat Wave  67 August  44. Pause for Ragwort  71 45. The End of the Road  72 { ix }     Contents 46. Nightwalk  73 47. Soon, the Departure  76 48. The Tinker’s Cottage  78 49. The Turn  79 September  50. The Path  83 51. Mud Birds  84 52. Angels in the Back Lanes  85 53. Season of Mist and Fire  87 54. In Memoriam  88 55. The Rhythm of Farm Names  89 October  56. Insect Life  93 57. A New Anniversary  94 58. Things and Doubt  95 59. Alarm Call  97 60. The Sands of Another Summer  99 61. Wait for the End  100 November  62. Bonfire Night  103 63. At First, Silence  104 64. The Night Hours  105 65. Leaf Fall and Mists  106 66. Beach Fishermen and Water Sprites  107 67. Much Can Change in a Short Time  108 68. Passing Years  110 December  69. A Marsh Murmuration  113 70. Poor Man’s Heaven  114 71. Dark and Wet at the Solstice  116 72. Pruning and Planning  117 73. Dark and Wet, Again  118 74. An East Wind  119 { x }     Contents Crossing the New Year  123 Acknowledgments 125 Notes by Tale  127 Bibliography 133 List of Photographs  137 ...


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