Among our extra pages we have new faces and new sections and I am keen to continue this development.
One addition is ‘Reader Memories’, which we started in the summer and continue this time with John Tyrell’s memories of Ashley Combe. If you would like to write in with your own stories, then please do. Just email me (see page 12) with your words and photos and I will try to fit in one contribution each issue.
I probably shouldn’t have favourites but in this issue I do. It has to be Baixian the hedgehog (see page 94). My encounter in early summer with Baixian, accompanied by our features photographer Andrew Hobbs, was a complete joy. Indeed, the Watchet Hedgehog Group has inspired me and I am now kept on my toes by my two ‘knightly’ visitors, Lord Henry of Torre and Sir Huffington of Torre, who come every single night to eat their dinner. I defy anyone to read about hedgehog heroine Louise Dunn and the Hedgehog Group and not want to get involved. Maybe this will spark a whole hedgehog corridor of groups across Exmoor…
Our chat with Louise is just one of six very different interviews which our writers undertook for this issue and, as well as hedgehogs to warm the cockles of your hearts, we have the autumn visitors to Jane Mares’ garden, Exmoor’s own ‘Gordon and Olive’ in the form of Labradors Hobson and Sally, the wonderful wildlife of Porlock Marsh and the creatures your green fingerlings can attract to a wildlife pond at home. Out in the landscape we explore ‘Abandoned Exmoor’ with Rob Wilson-North, head to Woolacombe with Julian Gurney and travel along the Barle in autumn with Julia Amies-Green.
I hope that you enjoy all this and more in our Autumn Issue.
Naomi and Hurley and the mag team