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RPA Nature Blog by Jenny Bourne

  • Queen bumble and honey bees, mistle thrushes and spruced robin!

    Date posted: Tuesday 19th February 2019

    Queen bumble and honey bees, mistle thrushes and spruced robin!

    A welcome day of mild spring-like sun brought out the bees to the early flowers. I watched as this queen bumble bee lurched and crawled over the delicate crocus flowers, like a large fuzzy bear, spotted with pollen and grabbing for the next precarious claw hold.

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  • Snowdrop Mania! And bees

    Date posted: Sunday 10th February 2019

    Snowdrop Mania!  And bees

    I’ve been bitten by snowdrop mania! Well, not quite so extreme yet as spending up to £360 for a single bulb of ‘Green Tear’ but I did spend £10 on a ‘Nothing Special’ bulb, purely because of it’s modest, self-effacing name!

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  • Happy (peaceful and fruitful!) 2019, birds and sunsets

    Date posted: Monday 14th January 2019

    Happy (peaceful and fruitful!) 2019, birds and sunsets

    First weeks into the New Year and it’s not so far been too harsh for the birds gathered round the feeders. The chaffinches have reappeared after an absence of most of the year and a welcome return.

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  • Six starlings, five jackdaws and a pheasant in a manure heap...!

    Date posted: Wednesday 19th December 2018

    Six starlings, five jackdaws and a pheasant in a manure heap...!

    This recent visitor to the site is totally unperturbed by curious plotholders snapping pics, allowing us to come within touching distance as it pecks and forages around manure piles and under the bird feeder! Very much hoping that it’s survival instincts are still alert and functioning and that it won’t end up as a fox’s Christmas dinner!

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  • Dead hedges, evergreen hedge and all things composting

    Date posted: Wednesday 21st November 2018

    Dead hedges, evergreen hedge and all things composting

    On Sunday we were privileged to hear Guy Barter, Chief Horticulturalist at RHS Wisley talk to plotholders and answer questions about all things composting. One of his suggestions for reducing the need for bonfires was making a dead hedge for lengths of woody cuttings and prunings that can’t be composted. On one plot a very fine dead hedge has been constructed and according to Janet and Nick it didn’t take any time at all!

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  • The Poppy Red, autumn harvest and apples

    Date posted: Friday 9th November 2018

    The Poppy Red, autumn harvest and apples

    In choir we’ve been singing ‘The Poppy Red’, music composed by Owain Park, commissioned by the Military Wives Choirs to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War: ‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row.’

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  • Halloween Horror! Last rose of summer, wood wasping and frogs..

    Date posted: Wednesday 31st October 2018

    Halloween Horror!  Last rose of summer, wood wasping and frogs..

    This horror scene greeted me a couple of weeks ago – nature red in tooth and claw – it’s not all bees on flowers, peace and harmony down on the plot!

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  • Wet and warm, bees and ivy

    Date posted: Wednesday 17th October 2018

    Wet and warm, bees and ivy

    The week after our sunny Autumn Social Sunday was a very different scene! The unseasonably warm Indian summer seems to have broken, with misty, damp October mornings and heavy rain making the entrance paths look like a return to winter’s deluges again!

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  • Autumn Social Bug houses, pumpkins, sunflowers, drunken butterflies and Chris Packham's Walk for Wildlife

    Date posted: Wednesday 26th September 2018

    Autumn Social Bug houses, pumpkins, sunflowers, drunken butterflies and Chris Packham's Walk for Wildlife

    Bug House 1st Prize

    Long time no post! It was our Autumn Social and Produce Show 16 Sept and for what seems weeks I’ve been preoccupied with all the planning and preparation (and driving to a wonderful goat farm to buy straw bales for the Family Scarecrow competition – Oakleigh Garden Farm) so little time on my plot was spent!

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  • Bug hotels, bedsits and boxes, butterflies, rabbits and foxes!

    Date posted: Friday 17th August 2018

    Bug hotels, bedsits and boxes, butterflies, rabbits and foxes!

    On Tuesday Janet, Flora and I enjoyed ourselves at a ‘Blue Peter’ style workshop session outside the cafe, making a variety of insect habitats with recycled and found materials. These will act as examples to encourage children to enter this year’s Autumn Social ‘Make a Bug Hotel’ competition, open to all ages up to 15!

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  • Jersey Tigers and froglets

    Date posted: Wednesday 18th July 2018

    Jersey Tigers and froglets

    This large, hairy caterpillar was discovered lurking under a tissue at the base of my old apple tree. Approx 5cm long with dark green spots, it didn’t feature in my trusty manual, ‘Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe’ (Michael Chinery 1986) so I went on to the London Natural History Society Facebook page and someone identified it as a Jersey Tiger, but missing the orange markings.

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