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  • November preparation, foraging and hunting

    Date posted: Monday 28th November 2016

    November preparation, foraging and hunting

    Several plots now have fresh heaps of manure ready for the next season and we’ve had a new delivery for communal use near the entry gates. This pile attracted several jackdaws the other day, busy flicking and picking through the heap for insects and other tasty bits…

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  • Dark days...

    Date posted: Wednesday 9th November 2016

    Dark days...

    Overwhelmed with shock, distress and anxiety at the USA Elections results – fearing immediately for the natural world – this is a man who I believe cares little for the frail, vulnerable and precious biodiversity and eco-systems of the natural world and everything for personal business opportunities and self-serving interests… Sorry, that’s my rant on this very dark day, literally and figuratively.. (disclaimer – this blog reflects only my own personal views!)

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  • Long Time No Blog!

    Date posted: Tuesday 11th October 2016

    Long Time No Blog!

    Been absent from blogging due to Autumn Social organising – all over now and a success, thanks to everyone who helped out and the sun appearing, after a very wet early morning! Large pumpkins weighed, Produce show winners pleased, bbq, beer tent, Raffle and even the Deputy Mayor in attendance to award the ‘Best in Show’ cup!

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  • Golden rod, sunset fly pasts and exotics

    Date posted: Wednesday 14th September 2016

    Golden rod, sunset fly pasts and exotics

    The self-seeding golden rod has been flowering for a while, full of visiting bees, wasps and the occasional butterfly…

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  • Bah humbug! hunters and gatherers and Bolivian cucs

    Date posted: Tuesday 6th September 2016

    Bah humbug! hunters and gatherers and Bolivian cucs

    I love these brown-lipped snails, Cepaea nemoralis, with their attractive nutty brown shells.. Paul Evans writes about them: _’At first sight the brown-lipped snails look like buttons stitched on fence posts and nettle stems in a corner of the field. They appear passive and inanimate, yet they are quietly doing what they’ve done for millions of years – adapting.

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  • Juvs, ants, starlings and sunfllowers

    Date posted: Wednesday 10th August 2016

    Juvs, ants, starlings and sunfllowers

    Going round the plots yesterday measuring sunflowers for the children’s ‘Tallest Sunflower’ competition at the Autumn Social in September – some have already flowered and heads are now drooping but this was attracting the bees, three at one time fighting for best nectar spot!

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  • Moths and spot the difference

    Date posted: Tuesday 2nd August 2016

    Moths and spot the difference

    I’m checking my little patch of self-sown ragwort for any signs of cinnabar moth caterpillars but so far no sign. The vivid stripe yellow and black stripes are so distinctive, as is the beautiful crimson red and black adult…

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  • Bees, butterflies, alliums, ragwort and brambles....

    Date posted: Thursday 28th July 2016

    Bees, butterflies, alliums, ragwort and brambles....

    The echinops seem to attract bees and insects as they’re going over – a veritable bee magnet, as are the alliums, marjoram and catmint…

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  • Pond life in miniature, insects, butterflies, Who ya lookin at?

    Date posted: Monday 18th July 2016

    Pond life in miniature, insects, butterflies, Who ya lookin at?

    Tiny creatures in the pond now, mixing in with the tadpoles in various stages, from small to leggy, froglets the size of my smallest fingernail and little ones that have made it out and are hopping around the perimeter…

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  • Hope springs eternal.. pond life..juvs and moths

    Date posted: Monday 27th June 2016

    Hope springs eternal.. pond life..juvs and moths

    Very difficult to see any glimmer of hope after the devastating last few days,created by political self interest and ambition, driven by untruths and feeding off despair, hostility, small mindedness and ignorance. Some say it has to get a lot worse before it gets better – meanwhile I fear for the protection of our marine environments, our dwindling wildlife and green spaces, our parks, forests and woods, allotments, green belt and everything that doesn’t have a direct and ostensible ‘market value’ in these troubling times…

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  • Feeding frenzy, pond life and beetle pairs

    Date posted: Wednesday 15th June 2016

    Feeding frenzy, pond life and beetle pairs

    Intense wren activity around my plot this morning as two frazzled parents raced around feeding a very demanding young fledgling, calling intermittantly with a high pitched ‘peep’ while the parent bird called out continuously, chucking non-stop around the plot…

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