Wing and a prayer: treating an injured pigeon. Photograph: Himanshu Vyas/Getty

A couple of weeks ago, a feral pigeon arrived on my doorstep, and forced me to reconsider some cherished preconceptions.   It had been attacked,(...)

Alone: a leveret could just be waiting for mother hare to come and feed it from time to time. Illustration: Michael Viney

When a northerly wind is tucked behind the hill, the stillness on this side is not merely autumnal but also quite eerie, emptying the sky of life righ(...)