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A Trip to Selborne (pt.2)

After the reasonable success of our last trip to Selborne, we decided to return a week later to focus on the wildlife of the common -  to try to see what creatures Gilbert White would have seen on his regular patrols of the area.

We began our route in the village, before heading up to the common via the Selborne Hangar; a long, sloping path leading along the side of the common, overlooking the village. Here we almost instantly came across some life. A pair of goldcrests flew over our heads, with one landing on a small stump right in front of us - but not for long enough to get a photograph.

Once we reached the common, we walked to the northern side of the hill, where the forest opened out into a small patch of farmland. Here there was a buzzard soaring overhead, joined by blackbirds, great tits and the like in bushes around the path. We also came across some more goldcrest, and a possible blackcap.
Re-entering the forested hill, we saw another buzzard soaring above the trees, and began t…

A Trip to Selborne (pt.1)

In January, we took a trip to the village of Selborne in Hampshire. The village is most famous for being the home of the pioneering naturalist and ornithologist Gilbert White (1720-1793), who is widely regarded as England's first ecologist. He is best known for his papers 'The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne', published in 1789. 

Gilbert White and Selborne
Selborne, as mentioned above, is a small village in the Hampshire countryside, best known for the book "The Natural History of Selborne" by 18th century naturalist Gilbert White. White's home in the village is now a museum about his work.

Also in Selborne is St. Mary's Church. The church is featured in William the Conquerer's Domesday Book of 1086, with the current church probably originating from the late 1100s. St. Mary's Church was greatly restored in the mid 1800s, by Gilbert White's great nephew. White himself is commemorated in the church in the form of a stained glass window …