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Allotments Nature Blog by Jenny Bourne

  • Owl boxes, fox holes and relocation relocation!

    Date posted: Wednesday 29th November 2017

    Owl boxes, fox holes and relocation relocation!

    Now the leaves are almost off the trees we can see the owl boxes put up earlier with help from the Royal Parks team. There’s evidence of something having a peck around the entrance but no sign of owls taking up residence so far this year!

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  • Arise ye starvelings..war and peace, remembrance, bees, season of mists and fungus

    Date posted: Monday 6th November 2017

    Arise ye starvelings..war and peace, remembrance, bees, season of mists and fungus

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    A hundred years ago today the Russian Revolution changed the international political landscape; not sure how the Kremlin will be celebrating or commemorating, but this Sunday we’ll be gathering again at the Hampton Wick War Memorial to remember all the lives lost in the world wars – war and peace but not enough of the latter!

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  • Wisley photos, nest box, physalis, spuds and fox

    Date posted: Wednesday 18th October 2017

    Wisley photos, nest box, physalis, spuds and fox

    To RHS Wisley last week to see the photographic exhibition – some great pictures of wildlife in all it’s diversity, beautiful or not!

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  • Stag beetle, bees, creative ironwork and Autumn Social!

    Date posted: Thursday 21st September 2017

    Stag beetle, bees, creative ironwork and Autumn Social!

    It’s been a month of summer holidays and no blog, but now school’s back, Autumn Social’s almost here and the nights are drawing in so back to the blogging board! Great excitement yesterday, as my plot neighbours lifted up a large block of wood that’s been on their plot for several years and discovered a treasure trove of stag beetle larvae!

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  • Sunflowers, path plants, spotless ladybird, harvest

    Date posted: Thursday 24th August 2017

    Sunflowers, path plants, spotless ladybird, harvest

    Measuring sunflowers round the site for the Autumn Social children’s tallest sunflower competition – there are some giants out there over 300cm high! As with much produce this season, everything seems to be at least 2-3 weeks early – huge sunflower heads flopping and blackberries almost over.

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  • Seedbox mystery, buff tip moth caterpillars, fungi and grasshoppers

    Date posted: Wednesday 9th August 2017

    Seedbox mystery, buff tip moth caterpillars, fungi and grasshoppers

    Last week, on emptying my seed box this mystery habitat revealed itself. Some sort of solitary bee or wasp, presumably – the box has been left open through the last few months in the shed so anything could have got in!

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  • Jersey Tiger and other 'not the usual suspects' sightings!

    Date posted: Monday 31st July 2017

    Jersey Tiger and other 'not the usual suspects' sightings!

    Carol spotted and snapped this unusual visitor to our site on 16 July. Yesterday she and Jon gave me the heads up that it had reappeared and I belted over to the SE side of the site, rewarded with a fine view of this spectacular moth resting on the side of a greenhouse. The Jersey Tiger, Euplagia quadripunctaria, resident and ‘suspected immigrant’ has recently begun to be sighted in the London area.

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  • Communal Front bed, Slinky Malinky, bee post occupied, rain at last, bees and butterflies

    Date posted: Thursday 13th July 2017

    Communal Front bed, Slinky Malinky, bee post occupied, rain at last, bees and butterflies

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    Yes, it is over planted, but hey – doesn’t it look good! Our front entrance flower bed, planted up with a variety of flowering annuals and perennials is now well established and attracting bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other beneficial pollinating insects. Meanwhile, it’s also attracted a different sort of wildlife; slinking through the back of the bed and totally uninterested in me – our very own Slinky Malinky:

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  • Marbled whites, cinnabars, buddleja, front bed and Slinky Malinky!

    Date posted: Wednesday 5th July 2017

    Marbled whites, cinnabars, buddleja, front bed and Slinky Malinky!

    A marbled white sighting wsa reported around the SE site plots last Sunday – a few days later there one was, perched on a scabious, ‘Butterfly Blue Beauty’ in our new(ish) flower bed by the entrance gates! The next day I found one on the scabious at the back of my plot! Very exciting, as they haven’t apparently been around the site previously.

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  • Wah

    Date posted: Wednesday 28th June 2017

    Wah

    The hot weather has produced some amazing skyscapes, appreciated by those of us who’ve resorted to early in the morning and late in the evening watering to escape the full heat of the day over the past week or so. After the ‘scorchio’ temperatures and lack of rain (Heathrow 34.5o this time last week!) all change and Tuesday’s heavy rain means no more trudging to the pumps for a few days, at least!

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  • Bee post, bustin' June, poppies and toxic edibles!

    Date posted: Tuesday 20th June 2017

    Bee post, bustin' June, poppies and toxic edibles!

    The bee post’s now a much visited feature of our pollinator friendly front bed – after only a few days the first solitary bees were investigating the larger holes, and smaller bees are now going in and out – very pleasing to observe the proliferation of insect life since we first planted up the flowers..!

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