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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Simon's Blog - Nationally Important?

    By Cathy Smith on July 25th, 2017

    In my role as the manager of a small staff team set up to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of two outstanding landscapes, the Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths I get to speak with many people. Those people are often rightly proud of …

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  8. Cathy's Blog - Working Together (Jan 2017)

    By Cathy Smith on July 25th, 2017

    The natural world benefits from our working together and, as the tidal surge has come and gone, it was a strong reminder of the effect that our natural world has on us all. We may not all have suffered loss, damage or tragedy but some did. I live …

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  9. Simon's Blog - New Beginnings Jan 2017

    By Cathy Smith on July 25th, 2017

    It would perhaps be crass of me to ask if all those reading this have kept up their good intentions made in their New Year resolutions. To those of you that promised themselves to move more then I encourage you to look at the websites of the two …

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  10. Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Forum 2017

    By Cathy Smith on April 12th, 2017

    2017 Theme: Outstanding Landscapes: Good for the environment, health and economy. We would like to invite you to the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Forum 2017. Venue: Shrubs Farm, Lamarsh, CO8 5EA. By kind invitation of Robert and Sara Erith On: …

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