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Country diary: an electrifying sight beneath the pylons | Environment

Haldon Forest, Devon: Britain’s hawfinch population has been boosted by hundreds of unexpected but welcome visitors from the continent A line of high-voltage pylons cuts through Haldon Forest, near Exeter, Devon. Photograph: Charlie ElderTowering electricity pylons bisect the western edge of Haldon Forest, their splayed metal arms

Country diary: a stone dog marked by time and tides | Environment

Even before the stonemason struck soft rock with hard metal for the first time, he must have known that he was destined for imperfection. Three hundred years later, the evidence was plain to see on an animal sitting on the terrace of the big house, haughty, imperious