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  1. Cathy's Blog - Taking Up The Challenge

    By Cathy Smith on July 25th, 2017

    We are often asked to ‘take up a challenge’ for a good cause on a named day (or week or month). So, what one is it now? Suffolk Day (Wed 21 June) celebrated all things Suffolk and it made me wonder what conservation ‘days’ are being …

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  2. Simon's Blog - Wildlife spotting: Good luck or by design?

    By Cathy Smith on July 25th, 2017

    You may well read in other pages in today’s paper the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley Project had its annual forum. We were very lucky to have the DEFRA minister responsible for AONBs, Lord Gardiner, …

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  3. Cathy's Blog - Get involved. Join in.

    By Cathy Smith on July 25th, 2017

    Get involved. Join in. Do just one thing. Support ‘this’. Do ‘that’. Sometimes it seems there are constant calls on us to ‘do something’! Anything! In fact, it is pretty much understood that we humans feel better about ourselves if we do …

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  4. Cathy's Blog - celebrating

    By Cathy Smith on July 25th, 2017

    Not one but two events begin their great activities TODAY! The Suffolk Walking Festival is launched at Sutton Hoo, and has over 100 walks to choose from between now and Sunday 4 June – and if you don’t have a companion to explore with, just join …

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  5. Simon's Blog - Going about Your Business

    By Cathy Smith on July 25th, 2017

    Like many people my wife and I enjoy a spot of wildlife watching. She has a fantastic phrase when she sees a creature looking for food or shelter which is: ‘It’s going about its business’ This phrase came to mind recently on a visit to a …

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  6. Simon's Blog - when it’s gone it’s gone

    By Cathy Smith on July 25th, 2017

    Many years ago, when acting to as a stereotypical 7-year-old with a bar of chocolate my mother said to me ‘when it’s gone it’s gone’. This random memory came back to me while out walking in one of our superb Areas of Outstanding Natural …

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  7. Simon's Blog - Is this work?

    By Cathy Smith on July 25th, 2017

    I was out in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on Sunday (sorry Mum I hope you had a great Mother’s day) undertaking a reconnoitre for a charity walk I am doing with the Colchester Mayor and the Chairman of my Advisory Committee. …

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  8. Cathy's Blog - Finding Treasures in Natural Places!

    By Cathy Smith on July 25th, 2017

    This week, making the most of the warmer, less windy weather, I set off with some friends to visit the treasure that is Hazlewood Marshes, near Aldeburgh. Seeing it full of water was a wonderful surprise, and on such a still, hazy day the light on …

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  9. Simon's Blog - new starters

    By Cathy Smith on July 25th, 2017

    We have had a couple of new staff starting in the Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team recently. As with any new job there is the ubiquitous induction process to go through. When talking staff …

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  10. Cathy's Blog - it is spring yet?

    By Cathy Smith on July 25th, 2017

    Now that winter is becoming spring (after an icy blast cooled things off again!) we start noticing subtle changes – snowdrops, lambs, buds and another changeover of migratory birds… and in the AONB office there is a different subtle sign that …

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