December 2022 – vol. 115, issue 12, pp 749–752 ‘Local patch’ feels too formal a term for the farmland surrounding an old, red-brick farmhouse near the village of Gorefield in the Cambridgeshire Fens. We lived there for five years. I mostly worked from home and, to get a break from being at my desk, I walked from home into the surrounding fields. I wrote about our time here in Human, Nature (Brit. Birds 114: 557), from which ... This article is only available to registered users.To read more, please log in or purchase a subscription.