Since October 2016 Dr. Mark Hassell has been contributing a series of nature articles to the Pilgrim newsletter. They are published here in full.
Ancient Grassland and Upgate Common
A Small Ball of Moss Influences Strategic Planning for Our Commons
“Born of Leaves Decaying”
Sleeping Away the Winter
Changes in Bird Populations in Swannington
Ponds and Pond Life
The Chalk Grassland on Alderford Common
The Valley Bottom Fen
The Valkyries of Swannington
Foraging for Fungi on Upgate Common
( for details of all the species found during the foray in August
Sharing Observations of Wildlife in the Parishes
Help! Aliens Have Landed
Deer in Swannington. Does it Matter Whether an Animal is an Immigrant or a Native?