A doorway at St John the Baptist - Westfield Church, East Sussex, England Christianity in England has Her Majesty the Queen as Defender of the Faith. This has come about after centuries of bloodshed between Catholics and Protestants. Each side had its Archbishops burned by the other. Yet Christian religion was strong - the idea … Continue reading The End of Local Christianity?
Combe Valley in East Sussex, England is a winter-flooded landscape where many geese (Anser white and Branta black) come to parade in their flocks. So I thought it would be a good idea to have a blog post on geese - a beautiful kind of wildlife that we take a little for granted. Please let … Continue reading Wild Goose Chase
Death and Life in a Country Churchyard By David Dennis In England, there are at least two Crowhursts with a very old Yew Tree – one in Surrey and this one in East Sussex near Battle. Before we learn about the magnificent King Harold 1066 Yew Tree and the other beautiful Crowhurst trees, let's find … Continue reading Crowhurst Churchyard – a little piece of Heaven
Combe Valley Countryside Park is a nationally and locally undervalued heritage resource containing almost 1500 acres of wildlife habitats, including woods, meadows, marshes, lakes and pools, willow carr, reed beds and beachlands - and 2,500 known wild and plant-life types/species - but much is still to be discovered. It is winter-flooded - adding to the … Continue reading Combe Valley Warden
Once upon a time when I was younger, I was walking near Force Jump Waterfall in the Kentmere Valley over in the eastern Lake District. A grey heron glided into a marshy field and began to look for frogs. It was the first time I had been so close to this bird. Then it died. … Continue reading The Heron – A superintelligent messenger
If you love Wales and are interested in poetry, you may have heard of the early Welsh poet Dafydd-ap-Gwilym. He flourished from around 1320 to 1370 AD. He was born at Brogynin and died probably from the Black Death. He is said to be buried in Strata Florida Abbey in West Wales although in the … Continue reading Red Kite in Sight – Sheer Delight
COMBE VALLEY FLOODING - WILL IT END IN TEARS? a blog essay by David Dennis Will global warming and rising sea levels cause a flooding disaster in Combe Valley? This sounds like an apocalyptic caption for a far-fetched film. What could possibly go wrong? Let us peer into the future and see what the legacy … Continue reading Noah’s Local Flood!
Combe Valley is an ancient estuary, formerly part of the English Channel seabed. 10,000 years ago humans were making flint arrows and hand axes on the bank of the Combe Haven river. Later, in the Middle Ages, the area had an ancient harbour called Bulverhythe. Now is the Combe Haven Countryside Park - rich in … Continue reading Friends of Combe Valley