Defence Against The Dark Arts
BRUCE FERGUSON continues his exploration of the natural history, myth, folklore and uses past and present of trees native to Northumberland with a look at the rowan.
From Whispering Giants To Vintage Tractors
SUSAN BURKE meets an engineer from North Tynedale whose fascination with vintage vehicles has remained since his introduction to them in the 1950s.
From Children’s Home To Wildlife Magnet
SUSIE WHITE heads for the western fringes of Gateshead to visit a colourful garden which will open to the public for one afternoon in August.
Lest We Forget The Casualties Of War
STEWART BONNEY meets Alan Grint, who has conducted research into the lives of Hexham servicemen killed in the First World War whose names appear on war memorials.
The Worm That Turned Nasty Towards Slugs
JOHN ROBSON GRUNDY praises the slug-hunting qualities of the slow-worm, and offers alternative methods to keep slugs at bay.
Does Anybody Have Any Objections?
BARBARA HENDERSON visits a refurbished museum in Alnwick which pays tribute to an illustrious selection of local troublemakers.
The Lost World Of Wilkinsons Past
GORDON WILKINSON bemoans the fact that the village which was once home to his forebears no longer exists.
When The Going Gets Tough, Cut The Chat
IAN KERR tracks the erratic progress of the stonechat, a native bird which thrives in mild weather but struggles when conditions become harsher.
Haunting Echoes Of Long-lost Warriors
EDOARDO ALBERT finds himself repeatedly drawn back to a north Northumbrian landscape rich in history and legend.
An Upland Landscape Haunted By The Past
Naturalist JOHN STEELE and STEWART BONNEY take a late summer walk along a section of the St Cuthbert’s Way long-distance trail, passing through heather moorland with panoramic views into the Cheviot Hills before climbing to an Iron Age hill fort on the summit of Humbleton Hill.
In The Fell Country
ALLAN POTTS heads for high ground to photograph summer wildlife on the moors.
Big Or Small, They’re All Out To Get Me
You might recall from a recent article which JOHN GRUNDY wrote in this magazine that back in the 1980s he became a listed building fieldworker in rural Northumberland. It was a job which placed his passion for historic buildings alongside a pitiful nervousness in the presence of the creatures which live in the countryside. This is part two of that catalogue of shame.
And Here’s To You, Missing Robinson
Senior vet JOHN PRESCOTT recalls the distress he felt at losing the family parrot, despite its occasional foul-mouthed rants.
Trust Nature To Restore A Landscape
CRAIG ARMSTRONG lists the attractions of Holywell Pond nature reserve, created in countryside once blighted by mining.
Where The Mountain Ouzel, Whape And Whitetail Sing
MIKE PRATT, Chief Executive of Northumberland Wildlife Trust investigates some of the strange sounding place names of Northumberland.
Also In This Issue....
HOME COOKING WITH JANE LOVETT
Get Merry with Berries
Chocolate and Mixed Berry Pavlova
Moved to action
Crafts and flowers
A new angle
For peat’s sake
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