Peace­ful mo­ments

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wild World -

I have al­ways en­joyed the wildlife that we have near to our home, par­tic­u­larly that which can be found in the Peak Dis­trict Na­tional Park. The lo­cal wood at the back of my house is also re­ally good for wild an­i­mals. I saw a red­start there in late March, my first in years.

I find that when I watch and pho­to­graph wildlife, it makes me feel so much bet­ter and helps me to for­get about the things I strug­gle with.

Though I do walk where pos­si­ble, I do find it dif­fi­cult some days, and will park up in the car and watch wildlife from it. I hope that if any other BBC Wildlife Mag­a­zine read­ers also strug­gle, they may be in­spired to get out­side and see wildlife, or to watch the sun set or the stars over­head.

Like Nicky Wil­son (Feed­back, April 2019), noth­ing beats see­ing owls. They just seem to float over the mead­ows and moor­land. I have en­joyed watch­ing the beau­ti­ful sight of hunt­ing short-eared owls, as well as this barn owl ( above), which has been mugged a lot by the lo­cal buz­zards. It re­cently be­gan hunt­ing later and re­turn­ing ear­lier, pre­sum­ably to avoid them.

Michael Pe­ter El­lis, Sh­effield

Michael en­joys con­nect­ing with na­ture, such as this barn owl.

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