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Allotments Nature Blog by Jenny Bourne

  • 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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  • Spring is bustin' out....

    Date posted: Monday 27th February 2017

    Spring is bustin' out....

    The first queen bumblebee spotted last week clambouring around in my shed guttering, honeybees in the hellebores, crocuses and snowdrops and the first iris reticulata and ‘tete a tete’ narcissi out under my old apple tree – suddenly in the space of a couple of mild weeks it all starts!

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  • bumbarrels, dunnocks and signs of spring

    Date posted: Wednesday 8th February 2017

    bumbarrels,  dunnocks and signs of spring

    “A brief, high-pitched “see-see-see” sound, followed by the appearance of half-a-dozen tiny balls of fluff, each attached to what looks like a protruding stick. Then, more calls, as these flying lollipops flit from one tree to the next, pause, grab an invisible insect, and then move rapidly on.

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  • Happy Birthday, Blog!

    Date posted: Tuesday 31st January 2017

    Happy Birthday, Blog!

    Unbelievably it’s the third anniversary of this blog tomorrow (2nd Feb 2017)! Many many pictures of birds, bees, butterflies, flowers and allotment landscapes later and still as avid as ever about all things wildlife, the natural enviroment and all creatures great and small…!

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  • Green shoots, cold cold wet and fungus

    Date posted: Thursday 12th January 2017

    Green shoots, cold cold wet and fungus

    Green shoots beginning to push up from the soil and now this single clump of snowdrops is a harbinger of spring to come.. I originally put in several different snowdrop varieties but so far only this one has made a re-appearance! Unbelievably vile day today – cold, relentless rain and snow forecast, with Heathrow cancelling flights this afternoon, although so far it’s only the sound of rain that drumming on the roof above me!

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