The Anonymous Widower

STEAG Advances Plans For 55MW Norfolk Solar Plant With Battery Storage

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Business Green.

It is very much a standard solar farm with a battery and provided everything is installed properly, there shouldn’t be to much adverse effects on wildlife and especially, East Anglia’s magnificent hares.

This article on the Solar Power Portal is entitled Solar Farms and Biodiversity.

This is a paragraph.

The point is that all sorts of wildlife move onto solar sites, from hares and hedgehogs, buzzards and butterflies, grasshoppers and beetles; other protected species such as Hazel Dormouse – all continue their ways along the hedgerows uninterrupted.

Hopefully, if the rules are followed at King’s Lynn, the hares will thrive.

February 14, 2022 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , , , | Leave a comment

Class 755 Trains Are Now Serving Cambridge

Greater Anglia are now running Class 755 trains on services between Cambridge and Norwich.

The first picture shows Greater Anglia’s new logo of a red hare.

  • To my knowledge it is the only logo of a UK train company, that is not just a neutral graphic.
  • Greater Anglia use it on posters in other forms.

I quite like it, as if any animal sums up speed in East Anglia it is the brown hare.

These pictures show some of Greater Anglia’s posters.

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September 15, 2019 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Wildlife Therapy

I went for a lovely walk this afternoon at Fen Drayton Lakes.  Is trying to spot and identify birds with my perhaps less than perfect eye-sight, good therapy after a stroke? It won’t hurt, that is for sure.  But I did see a common tern, lots of swans and lots of dragonflies.

I also spent an hour walking the stud.  Sad to say that there is now only one baby duck, as the moorhens or something else has killed or eaten the other eleven.  Saw quite  a few hares too!

I’ve also taken to walking around the stud carrying a 2 kilo dumbell, throwing it sometimes from hand-to-hand to try to improve my left hand. Is this a good idea?

June 20, 2010 Posted by | Health, World | , , | 3 Comments

Hares in the Snow

I have about forty hectares of land by the house and today, I could see how many hares there were.  

Hares in the Snow

 

 Note the two brown piles are not hares!  They are molehills.  

These tracks though were everywhere and as we had had snow last night, these were just the tracks of a single day.  

To me, the hare is the most interesting of all of the animals that inhabit our countryside. I say that too with a lot of respect, as for seventeen seasons I hunted with the Easton Harriers in East Suffolk.  You get entwined with them and those who are anti-hunting will never understand the respect hunters show.  

The snow reminded me of one day at Tannington, where the weather was so cold, that we hunted hounds on foot. Tony Harvey was at one end of an immense field and Jimmy Wickham was at the other with the hounds working between them.  It was a memorable day.  

There was also the day when I was privileged to follow three packs of hare hounds in one day.  Few have done that.  

It was at Tannington again, and we started with our own harriers before an alcoholic breakfast.  We caught nothing. I remember, I hunted one of my son’s ponies called Bluebell. She was a mare and I always found them a better mount for my skills. In later years, I used to hunt a thoughbred mare called Censella and she never dropped me.  But could she go if you asked her!  

In the morning it was hunting bassets on foot.  It is strenuous work, even if bassets are slow.  But once on a hare, they never give up and just keep going. Well some do.  My solitary example might follow a scent for twenty metres or so and then it’s time for a snooze or the next meal.  She’s never caught anything and we didn’t on that day either with the bassets. 

Another alcoholic meal was followed by beagles in the afternoon.  Now these were small and angelic beagles, but they were serious too.  After perhaps two hours nothing had been caught, although we had seen a few hares. 

The day finished with a formal dinner. Tony had suggested that we all go ratting round the stackyard to finish it off, but it was assumed he was joking. 

One thing that sums up the day is Tony asking, if we had all had a good day.  He got a resounding yes.  He then said that is the difference between hunting and shooting and asked how someone would feel if they had gone shooting and hadn’t killed anything!

December 19, 2009 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Hare on the Dock at the Hook of Holland

No! I hadn’t been drinking, but I do know a hare when I see one.

As I got off the boat this morning on a wet day at the Hook of Holland, I could not believe my eyes.  There wandering up the dock, whilst I waited for passport control, was a rather large brown hare.

December 9, 2009 Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , | 1 Comment

A Stray Hare

Another set of pictures from my office.  This time in the evening sun a stray hare ambled past and had a nibble on some grass.  Luckily I had the camera handy.  But no video this time.

A Stray Hare

A Stray Hare

Off Goes the Hare

Off Goes the Hare

Hares really are the most amazing of Britain’s wildlife.

And these two pictures were taken from just a couple of metres, where I’m typing this. 

I also found out later that the front door was open, so my basset hound could have given chase.  After all they were bred to hunt hares.  Did she move?  No!  Although, when she went out about ten minutes later for her evening business, she did liven up as she had definitely smelt something.  Dogs have an amazing sense of smell.

August 3, 2009 Posted by | World | | Leave a comment