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  • National Nest Box Week, weather, no dig and mystery

    Date posted: Tuesday 13th February 2018

    National Nest Box Week, weather, no dig and mystery

    National Nest Box Week starts tomorrow so I’ll be getting our new state of the art nest box up at the weekend after a good clean, on the back of the shed.

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  • Sad fox news, weather, robin, snowdrop 'Nothing Special'

    Date posted: Wednesday 24th January 2018

    Sad fox news, weather, robin, snowdrop 'Nothing Special'

    Yet another dying fox has been found on site on Monday, just over a month after the first one both in very similar circumstances and it’s hard not to believe that they haven’t been poisoned or eaten prey that has been poisoned, such as rats.

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  • New Year snowdrops, RHS Plants for Bugs project results and cold frame!

    Date posted: Wednesday 3rd January 2018

    New Year snowdrops, RHS Plants for Bugs project results and cold frame!

    Happy New Year – let’s hope it’s a greener, more environmentally friendly 2018! Got back from snowbound and freezing Ohio to discover this lovely snowdrop in full bloom under the little apple tree.

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  • Weather galore, foxes and Season's Greetings

    Date posted: Tuesday 19th December 2017

    Weather galore, foxes and Season's Greetings

    We’ve had the full met range over the past couple of weeks – heavy rain, hard night frosts and freezing mornings, mild, bright, clear sunny days – as usual the SE has escaped most of the snow experienced oop t’North, Wales and the Midlands!

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  • 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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