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RPA Nature Blog by Jenny Bourne

  • Bees, Autumn webs, indigo, frog, let's hear it for ivy! and chiffchaffs

    Date posted: Wednesday 2nd October 2019

    Bees, Autumn webs, indigo, frog, let's hear it for ivy! and chiffchaffs

    The bees are making the most of the sun when it comes out between the heavy rains – yesterday the heavens opened in a torrential downpour with thunder and lightning over Richmond Station.

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  • Exciting news - Brown Hairstreak butterfly seen

    Date posted: Monday 23rd September 2019

    Exciting news - Brown Hairstreak butterfly seen

    A very exciting piece of RPA wildlife news from last month – a sighting of a brown hairstreak feeding on garlic chives on 25 August, by Jon and Carol! To our knowledge this is the first time a brown hairstreak butterfly has been seen on the RPA site.

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  • Sandbath time, wasps and ants nests, September flowers and sunsets

    Date posted: Tuesday 10th September 2019

    Sandbath time, wasps and ants nests, September flowers and sunsets

    Enjoying a coffee at Sunday’s Café in the warm sun when keen birders shouted out, ‘Jenny!’ and there was this juvenile kestrel having a good old sand bath wallow in the dry, dusty path not far off from where we were all sitting. Naturally, as soon as I managed to get the camera out it began to take flight, but I love this waddly stance – not a brilliant photo but you get the picture!

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  • Juvenile robin opportunist, Painted Ladies, Red Admirals and flower patch

    Date posted: Wednesday 21st August 2019

    Juvenile robin opportunist, Painted Ladies, Red Admirals and flower patch

    Much amused by the very forward behaviour of this young robin that zooms in as soon as I start to weed; yesterday it almost sat on my shoe, so close it came.

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  • Hornet mimic hoverflies, wasps nest, hoverflies, pond skaters and cinnabars

    Date posted: Wednesday 7th August 2019

    Hornet mimic hoverflies, wasps nest, hoverflies, pond skaters and cinnabars

    Startled to spot what I thought might be the dreaded Asian hornets last week, buzzing animatedly among the flowering oregano – very relieved to discover that they are in fact hornet mimic hoverflies, larger than wasps, slightly smaller than European hornets, moving in that distinctive hoverfly way.

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  • Fledglings alert! Pollinator patch and Bob's poppy

    Date posted: Wednesday 10th July 2019

    Fledglings alert! Pollinator patch and Bob's poppy

    The fledglings are now making their presence felt! I rescued a small young blackbird from a fruit cage – it was obviously weakened and I was able to pick it up carefully and release it.

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  • 'What Has Gardening For Wildlife Ever Done for Me?', xylella, cinnabar moth and in praise of brambles

    Date posted: Wednesday 3rd July 2019

    'What Has Gardening For Wildlife Ever Done for Me?', xylella, cinnabar moth and in praise of brambles

    Very much looking forward to a forum/talk this Sunday 7 July, 1.00pm: ‘What Has Gardening For Wildlife Ever Done For Me’ led by Steven James from the Environment Trust with Ruth Walker.

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  • Flaming June, Bob's pond, longhorn beetle and xylella and cuckoo spit

    Date posted: Wednesday 12th June 2019

    Flaming June, Bob's pond, longhorn beetle and xylella and cuckoo spit

    A month’s rain fell on Monday – 56mm in the water gauge and everything lushly wet and looking much refreshed, with the soil damp down to a good depth! Flaming June – still damp, grey and the sound of various outside drips and drops outside, and as I type, yet more heavy downpours..

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  • June flowers, bees, butterfliesand an exotic visitor

    Date posted: Tuesday 4th June 2019

    June flowers, bees, butterfliesand an exotic visitor

    Swifts screaming and soaring high overhead, flowers, beans, squash, courgettes all blooming, butterflies fluttering, bees buzzing in the nepeta – June’s bustin’ out all over!

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  • In flagrante, bumbles in the cornflowers and Mary's Spring Weeds workshop

    Date posted: Thursday 23rd May 2019

    In flagrante, bumbles in the cornflowers and Mary's Spring Weeds workshop

    Another warm morning and up early to water. Passing the brambles en route to my plot my eye was caught by these two large creatures locked in flagrante, to put it bluntly!

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  • In flagrante, bumbles and Mary's Spring Weeds workshop

    Date posted: Thursday 23rd May 2019

    In flagrante, bumbles and Mary's Spring Weeds workshop

    Another warm morning and up early to water. Passing the brambles en route to my plot my eye was caught by these two large creatures locked in flagrante, to put it bluntly!

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