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Rippingale man's March the Month fundraiser gets off to a flying start




A man who vowed to March the Month for Prostate Cancer UK has seen his sponsorship soar to more than £1,200.

Ian Misselbrook - writer of our new, monthly Notes on Nature column - has been averaging more than 21,000 steps a day during March, as he takes on a walking challenge to support the men’s health charity.

Ian, 65, who lives in Rippingale, said: "I started with short legs and I am sure that I have worn them down even further! Six of my seven walks commenced from my home and I have traversed fenland to the east, arable farmland to the north and south and rolling, well-wooded countryside to the west.”

Ian Misselbrook on one of his walks
Ian Misselbrook on one of his walks

A keen naturalist who enjoys photographing and writing about the countryside in this area, Ian says he has noticed changes in the flora already this month.

“Snowdrops were still at their peak on March 1 but are now fading fast, but primroses and lesser celandine are replacing the white blooms with vivid yellow,” he said.

“Fifty-five different species of bird, including nesting ravens, little egrets and marsh tits have availed themselves to me.

A magnificent red kite, spotted on one of Ian's walks
A magnificent red kite, spotted on one of Ian's walks

“Seven species of mammal including three types of deer have shown themselves during daylight hours and I wonder if I venture out before dawn, could I add to that total?”

There is still time to support Ian’s challenge by searching for ‘Ian Misselbrook’ on www.justgiving.com

Ian Misselbrook
Ian Misselbrook


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