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A couple of years ago, Neville from Baron Art in Holt said quietly one morning ‘Come and look at this’. Outside the gallery in the small courtyard we both looked at the hedge between the shops. Neville said ‘Shhh. He pointed at a tiny bright ring of saffron yellow-orange. A blackbird’s eye was staring out from the hedge. The blackbird was hankered down tight on the nest as people jostled by.
Ornamental olive trees in large pots stood at the entrance to the courtyard. There on one of the olive trees, the female waited like a centurion appearing to look everywhere except the position of the nest. The lookout blackbird dived into the nearest end of the hedge. While the other blackbird flapped distractingly as it departed from the opposite end of the hedge to complete the illusion of being the same bird.
‘It’s amazing’ he said. ‘The Georgian architecture and the independent shop windows are all beautifully displayed. I very much enjoy the walk to work, but from where I live to here there are no gardens. All the spare ground has been built on or used for parking. The first bit of green the birds find they take advantage of.’
The last green spaces in our towns, as few as they are, support the wildlife. It is ‘Good to see you’.
The linocut ‘Good to see you’ was exhibited at The SWLA Natural Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries 2015. It is also included in the book called ‘Norfolk Gems’ published by Mascot Media ISBN: 978-0-9954651-6-9
Max Angus SWLA