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RPA Nature Blog by Jenny Bourne

  • 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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  • World Bee Day and population explosion

    Date posted: Monday 20th May 2019

    World Bee Day and population explosion

    It’s World Bee Day today (unfortunate English title!). Last week Twickenham and Thames Valley Beekeepers’ Association celebrated their centenary with an evening of talks about bees and gardens.

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  • Latest UN Report, honeybees at the water tank, swifts and get a room

    Date posted: Wednesday 8th May 2019

    Latest UN Report, honeybees at the water tank, swifts and get a room

    We’re planning a forum about wildlife gardening in July, to focus on topics including single and tubular petal flowers to attract bees and other beneficial insects, soil enrichment, rain water harvesting, growing flowering and fruiting trees and shrubs and providing water sources, such as a pond for wildlife.

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  • Butterflies, harlequins bust out, bee post residencies and dead hedgehog

    Date posted: Saturday 27th April 2019

    Butterflies, harlequins bust out, bee post residencies and dead hedgehog

    This time last week, warm Easter weekend sunshine, today Storm Hannah blowing the trees around with a cold, raw wind, and not much sign of April showers, giving us a very dry spring so far. Last week’s warm sun brought the out of their over-wintering quarters in the Seed Store double door ventilator strips – mostly harlequins, unfortunately and many released outside to continue their dominance over our native species!

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  • March winds, April showers... roadworks, nature anthology

    Date posted: Thursday 4th April 2019

    March winds, April showers... roadworks, nature anthology

    As I type a cold rain is lashing down from dark grey skies and the temperatures have plummeted over the past few days – from a balmy 20o last to 10o in a matter of 24hrs! But through it all the blackbirds and thrushes are singing and spring is resolutely on the up!

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  • Wild westerlies, red tailed bumble, pond life and modest little brown jobbie

    Date posted: Wednesday 20th March 2019

    Wild westerlies, red tailed bumble, pond life and modest little brown jobbie

    Wild wild weather last week! Winds gusting from the west for several days and this was the result from the night of Saturday 9 March, much to the amusement of everyone who turned up for café on Sunday morning!

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