Horses at Falmer

I took a slightly different route out today and spent some time on the other side of the A27 in what is now North Falmer (the village is split in two by the A27). This is a view across the South Downs National Park, which – thanks to a government u-turn tonight under pressure from Labour – will now be protected from fracking.


Falmer fields, part of the South Downs National Park

There are usually some horses around, and today was no exception.



Nicely wrapped up against the chill.

The closing shot today is included for its curiosity. I swear these doves think they’re ducks.

Collared doves

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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  1. Darko January 29, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    Good to hear they gave up on fracking, that would ruin the area permanently.
    Collar doves just wanted to blend in with the locals 😀

    • Words January 31, 2015 at 12:24 am #

      Darko, fracking is still an issue. They haven’t banned it everywhere, but it will be more difficult for them to get permission. At least some areas will now have more protection.

      There are loads of collared doves around this year.

      • Darko January 31, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

        Yesterday, they were having another one in the series of earthquakes in Alberta, near fracking areas. And this is just one of the issues they are facing, not to mention polluted waters. I hope no one will start drilling in your area.

        • Words February 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

          Darko, they did some test drilling in Sussex last year, with huge protests. No actual fracking. They’ve now moved out of the area due to the opposition but it doesn’t mean they won’t come back. The apparent ban on National Parks does mean a lot more of this area is protected (though technically we are half a mile outside the protected area),