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An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Sunday 13 March 2022

When the sun goes down

Bev and I recently received notice that our "Council Tax" for 2022/23 has risen by over £40/month. Whilst I fully understand the requirement to ensure the local amenities are kept up to scratch and fully functional, the provision of refuse collection is up for debate - at our address! We have a compost heap for garden waste and a superbly efficient disposal service for any kitchen/food waste. During daylight hours, the local Herring Gulls will devour anything I throw onto the lawn. At night? The local Foxes are just as obliging

I absolutely love it. Foxes will come to within a few feet of my study doorway, allowing plenty of opportunity to play around with the camera kit. Still not seen a Hedgehog, this year, but the Foxes are ample entertainment whilst I await the first, prickly, visitors to our feeding station. The final session of my Pike campaign, on the RMC, tomorrow. Whilst I'm absolutely gutted that it means I won't be seeing Chrissy, Kevin & co on a regular basis, I have been blessed by the time that has been spent on the banks of this historic waterway. Caught a few Pike too. Is one more "double" taking the piss? I'll know the answer when I get back home tomorrow!


  1. Dyl, do your Herring Gulls really eat 'anything' you throw out on to your lawn? 🙂

    Yes, I know you mean organic not plastic bottles. Mine do the same. Even well inland I have breeding Herring and LBB Gulls nesting on the local flat roofs, mainly the school roofs. Too many kids to dive bomb but plenty of food. My foxes get plenty of food from us as well, and the birds. Anything edible gets eaten day and night.

    Most exotic meal a fox of ours got was an Edible Dormouse which I found freshly dead when out on a bike ride. I rode home with it as curious to it's UK status? A pest, and it isn't, as well. Depends if you live in Wendover and it's eaten on wiring in your loft space I guess.

    1. Hi Ric,
      There doesn't appear to be much that our local Herring Gulls won't eat. A bit like kids, they aren't overly fussed by carrots, peas and cauliflower, but everything else is gone in a flash.
      I also feed our Foxes with road kill that I encounter on my travels to the RMC and beyond. It doesn't matter what state it's in, they have removed it before dawn.
      My brother, Tim, or rather his insurance company have a very dim view about Edible Dormice. Tim has needed in excess of £30k to completely rewire his home (8 bedrooms the flash git) and out buildings where he stores his tractors, motorbikes and cars. Tough life! On a lighter note; I saw that photo of you and Gavin on his blog and I must say you ain't changed much. Hoping all is well - Dyl