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RPA Nature Blog by Jenny Bourne

  • March winds, April showers... roadworks, nature anthology

    Date posted: Thursday 4th April 2019

    March winds, April showers... roadworks, nature anthology

    As I type a cold rain is lashing down from dark grey skies and the temperatures have plummeted over the past few days – from a balmy 20o last to 10o in a matter of 24hrs! But through it all the blackbirds and thrushes are singing and spring is resolutely on the up!

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  • Wild westerlies, red tailed bumble, pond life and modest little brown jobbie

    Date posted: Wednesday 20th March 2019

    Wild westerlies, red tailed bumble, pond life and modest little brown jobbie

    Wild wild weather last week! Winds gusting from the west for several days and this was the result from the night of Saturday 9 March, much to the amusement of everyone who turned up for café on Sunday morning!

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  • Rainwater harvesting, heatwave and hedge, pond life, spring sprung and whitethroat

    Date posted: Tuesday 5th March 2019

    Rainwater harvesting, heatwave and hedge,  pond life, spring sprung and whitethroat

    An enterprising plotholder family has produced a brilliant video on rainwater harvesting –Here’s the link to their latest video on rainwater harvesting: https://youtu.be/GxeMYKfHGgA – excellent work, Doctors Max and Freya!

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  • 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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