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Magpies (Pica pica) from a flourishing colony dropped brazenly to strut and groundsearch their domain without any fear of predation and usually take off to hunt the quiet gardens of neighbourhood houses where the only challenges might be grey squirrels, domestic cats or irate householders

Magpies (Pica pica) from a flourishing colony dropped brazenly to strut and groundsearch their domain without any fear of predation and usually take off to hunt the quiet gardens of neighbourhood houses where the only challenges might be grey squirrels, domestic cats or irate householders

Magpies (Pica pica) from a flourishing colony dropped brazenly to strut and groundsearch their domain without any fear of predation and usually take off to hunt the quiet gardens of neighbourhood houses where the only challenges might be grey squirrels, domestic cats or irate householders

The cream candlesticks of horse chestnut blossom hung thickly where saplings once were planted as a weather shield in a monastery garden.

The great chestnuts, along with beeches and occasional oaks, gave a shrouded shelter of calmness to two small avenues of houses pleasantly secluded beneath the leafy canopies.


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