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Country diary: Chapel Fell, Weardale: The extraordinary courtship song of the snipe

Country diary: Chapel Fell, Weardale: The extraordinary courtship song of the snipe

Country diary: Wolsingham, Weardale: The wild flowers of spring, with an aura of menace

Country diary: Wolsingham, Weardale: The wild flowers of spring, with an aura of menace

Country diary: Chapel Fell, Weardale: A close encounter with a hare sparks a moment of pure joy

Country diary: Chapel Fell, Weardale: A close encounter with a hare sparks a moment of pure joy

Country Diary : 'Weardale Perfection', a living memorial to its breeder in Wolsingham churchyard

Country Diary : 'Weardale Perfection', a living memorial to its breeder in Wolsingham churchyard

Country diary: Wolsingham, Weardale: Spurge laurel's crepuscular clientele

Country diary: Wolsingham, Weardale: Spurge laurel's crepuscular clientele

Country diary: Blanchland, Northumberland: Lichens are the ultimate survivalists

Country diary: Blanchland, Northumberland: Lichens are the ultimate survivalists

Country diary: Dawdon, Durham coast: It soon became clear that here was a fulmar with a plan

Country diary: Dawdon, Durham coast: It soon became clear that here was a fulmar with a plan

Country diary: Crook, County Durham: Some of the orb-shell cockles were as fragile as a new-born's fingernail

Country diary: Crook, County Durham: Some of the orb-shell cockles were as fragile as a new-born's fingernail

Country diary: Wolsingham, Weardale: Woodland regeneration wonders

Country diary: Wolsingham, Weardale: Woodland regeneration wonders

Country diary: Seaham, Durham: With every tide the sea erases a little more of the decades of industrial abuse

Country diary: Seaham, Durham: With every tide the sea erases a little more of the decades of industrial abuse