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Take on Nature: Don’t mow, let it grow

Tony Bailie
FOR many, the sight of long unruly grass, clusters of cow parsley swaying in an early summer breeze, dandelions and even buttercups in a public park or along a roadside is regarded as untidy.

Take on Nature: No coincidence I saw my first Irish dipper on the Cladagh River

Stephen Colton
A RECENT episode of the popular BBC programme Countryfile, which featured the dipper on a Scottish river, drew me back in time to a former workplace and my first ever encounter with Cinclus cinclus gularis or, to be more precise, Cinclus cinclus hibernicus as the Irish dipper is a subspecies with some subtle colour differences from its British counterpart.

Outdoors: Spring gardens on show

Andrea McKernon
SPRING is on show today as two Co Tyrone gardens swing open their gates with magnolias, bluebells and azaleas in full bloom.

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