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Giving local leaders a platform for their views on all things Tees. Photo by Ian Robinson.
The Joys of ‘Patch Birding’

The Joys of ‘Patch Birding’

This month I am going to share with you some of the joy I get from bird-watching (or birding as we tend to call it these days) on my local patch – a scrap of grassland, wetland and woods along a 1-mile stretch of Ormesby Beck in Middlesbrough – by describing a typical...

Julie Donaldson: The loss of a legend

Julie Donaldson: The loss of a legend

At the end of October, Julie Donaldson, a multi award-winning radio presenter, passed away at James Cook Hospital due to Covid. The Tees lost a legend. Julie is probably best known for hosting the midweek breakfast show on Zetland FM. She has been a “hugely valued...

Ivy – Villain or Hero?

Ivy – Villain or Hero?

The familiar lobed leaves, which give the name to several other unrelated plants (such as Ivy-leaved Toadflax and Ivy-leaved Speedwell) are found on young plants only. More mature plants have simply oval-shaped leaves. What comes to mind when you think of Ivy? For...

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