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Country diary: Pity the urban birder in late summer

West Norwood, London: In between the swifts leaving and the redwings arriving are the doldrums, when a single coal tit can save the day

The streets are noisy. This is London, after all. But there are corners of refuge. West Norwood cemetery is one. Walk through the gates and you feel the bustle fall away. Find a bench. Sit.

The minutes pass with a pleasing lack of urgency. The world slows. Autumn will be here soon, but we cling to summer for one more day.

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