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Allotments Nature Blog by Jenny Bourne

  • 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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  • Shady fox, red admirals, Shropshire and Wenlock Edge

    Date posted: Tuesday 6th June 2017

    Shady fox, red admirals, Shropshire and Wenlock Edge

    This youngster has become quite a fixture round the plots – strolling nonchalently along the paths as if he (she?) owns the place, quite unfazed by the presence of hard working plotholders! On a very hot afternoon the only thing to do is to take it easy in the shade!

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  • Des res for tawny owls, flowers, formation snails and much much more!

    Date posted: Wednesday 24th May 2017

    Des res for tawny owls, flowers, formation snails and much much more!

    Yesterday two tawny owl nest boxes, purchased by our committee, were put up in a couple of lime trees adjoining our site, under the supervision of Matt Steinmann, Royal Parks Arboricultural Officer (and his dog, Peg!), who selected two decent sized trees that had minimal impact from the road.

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  • Nice weather for.....!

    Date posted: Wednesday 17th May 2017

    Nice weather for.....!

    Rain at last! Decent amounts of the watery stuff now stair-rodding down for much of the day and last night..great! The ground feeders, thrushes, blackbirds, robins etc can now have a good stab at worms, snails etc and the nice, wet ground means the slugs will be slithering out in force after our seedlings! These two mallards appear to have adopted the site as their new des res,

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  • Where's the strawberries? New bed, butterflies and National Dawn Chorus day!

    Date posted: Friday 5th May 2017

    Where's the strawberries?  New bed, butterflies and National Dawn Chorus day!

    A surprise visitor on our plots last week – this female mallard had been seen enjoying the small ponds in neighbouring plots, including a small ceramic sink as well as Flora’s larger newt pond!

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  • Relocation, relocation, relocation!

    Date posted: Wednesday 26th April 2017

    Relocation, relocation, relocation!

    Our Bug Hotel has now been relocated into a more secluded spot in the wildlife area, thanks to the efforts of a Sunday morning workparty. The de luxe multi-storey habitat will hopefully provide a home for a range of insects and invertebrates over-wintering in the shelter of the native hedge.

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  • Wisping wasps, bug hotels and Marksus Spenceris cherry!

    Date posted: Thursday 20th April 2017

    Wisping wasps, bug hotels and Marksus Spenceris cherry!

    My next door plot neighbour showed me this amazing little perfect sphere of a wasp’s nest, fixed in the top of his shed roof! Unfortunately it’s not the sort of shed companion he’s very partial to, so is waiting to see what develops.

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  • Bees love 'em! Seed Store break-out and two for joy...

    Date posted: Tuesday 4th April 2017

    Bees love 'em!  Seed Store break-out and two for joy...

    The fruit and ornamental blossom has been amazing this year, a rich abundance of cherry and plum blossom thickly covering the trees and the pink-white apple blossom now just appearing – the bumble bees buzzing away high among the branches are making most of the opportunities.

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  • Spiders from Mars, a stroll through the plot, beeflies and butterflies!

    Date posted: Friday 24th March 2017

    Spiders from Mars, a stroll through the plot, beeflies and butterflies!

    Haven’t been able to identify this large (almost 2cm) spider that appeared in one of the hollow panels of the shed window – it stayed in one place, almost immobile for 2/3 days before disappearing off! I hadn’t noticed it there previously so it can’t have been hatching out, or I would have seen it. Pale buff coloured, slightly translucent head and legs.. any ideas on identification, please let me know!

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  • Sex lives of dunnocks shock news! Plus all the usual suspects

    Date posted: Wednesday 8th March 2017

    Sex lives of dunnocks shock news!  Plus all the usual suspects

    Let’s start with the less salacious news from the plot! Spring is on the way – a large queen bumble unsteadily tottering around in the shed guttering a few days ago, crocus, hellebores and daffs now sparkling under my little old apple tree and the honeybees abuzz in the purple crocuses…

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