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RPA Nature Blog by Jenny Bourne

  • Nest, weather, solitary bees, butterflies and caterpillars

    Date posted: Wednesday 2nd May 2018

    Nest, weather, solitary bees, butterflies and caterpillars

    A few days ago I decided to pull out invasive bluebells taking over in my plot by the wall. What a surprise to pull back leaves and discover this nest hidden under the foliage, with small, pale eggs and one tipped over the side onto the soil. I assumed that whoever had made the rash decision to build their nest on the ground had abandoned it in favour of a more secure location.

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  • April!

    Date posted: Wednesday 18th April 2018

    April!

    A day of hot sun, interspersed among days of drab, overcast, cold and wet weather – a fellow plotholder with a generally cheerful disposition said the other day, ‘Is it me or is the weather really depressing!’ and the next day the temperature was up in the high teens! And today so hot – 25o or more..crazy!

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  • Mini Beast, quiz, frogspawn, spring flowers

    Date posted: Thursday 22nd March 2018

    Mini Beast, quiz, frogspawn, spring flowers

    Well, no sooner had the ‘Beast from the East’ snows melted away when we had another weekend of it – this time a mini version, unfortunately coinciding with our first quiz during Sunday’s café! But the spirit of Dunkirk prevailed, committee member Ashley duly reported for office duty and enough stalwart hardy types turned up for the quiz to be a goer!

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  • Frogspawn! A bird in the hand! Mystery tracks!

    Date posted: Wednesday 7th March 2018

    Frogspawn!  A bird in the hand!  Mystery tracks!

    After the snows and freezing arctic temperatures of last week nature has been catching up with a vengeance – delighted to see frogspawn in my pond when I went to the plot yesterday morning, on a mild, almost spring-like day.

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  • Beast, tracks, duelling robins and crocuses!

    Date posted: Wednesday 28th February 2018

    Beast, tracks, duelling robins and crocuses!

    The ‘Beast from the East’ has finally arrived – in the old days we just called it ‘winter’…!

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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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