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RPA Nature Blog by Jenny Bourne

  • In flagrante, bumbles in the cornflowers and Mary's Spring Weeds workshop

    Date posted: Thursday 23rd May 2019

    In flagrante, bumbles in the cornflowers and Mary's Spring Weeds workshop

    Another warm morning and up early to water. Passing the brambles en route to my plot my eye was caught by these two large creatures locked in flagrante, to put it bluntly!

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  • In flagrante, bumbles and Mary's Spring Weeds workshop

    Date posted: Thursday 23rd May 2019

    In flagrante, bumbles and Mary's Spring Weeds workshop

    Another warm morning and up early to water. Passing the brambles en route to my plot my eye was caught by these two large creatures locked in flagrante, to put it bluntly!

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  • World Bee Day and population explosion

    Date posted: Monday 20th May 2019

    World Bee Day and population explosion

    It’s World Bee Day today (unfortunate English title!). Last week Twickenham and Thames Valley Beekeepers’ Association celebrated their centenary with an evening of talks about bees and gardens.

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  • Latest UN Report, honeybees at the water tank, swifts and get a room

    Date posted: Wednesday 8th May 2019

    Latest UN Report, honeybees at the water tank, swifts and get a room

    We’re planning a forum about wildlife gardening in July, to focus on topics including single and tubular petal flowers to attract bees and other beneficial insects, soil enrichment, rain water harvesting, growing flowering and fruiting trees and shrubs and providing water sources, such as a pond for wildlife.

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  • Butterflies, harlequins bust out, bee post residencies and dead hedgehog

    Date posted: Saturday 27th April 2019

    Butterflies, harlequins bust out, bee post residencies and dead hedgehog

    This time last week, warm Easter weekend sunshine, today Storm Hannah blowing the trees around with a cold, raw wind, and not much sign of April showers, giving us a very dry spring so far. Last week’s warm sun brought the out of their over-wintering quarters in the Seed Store double door ventilator strips – mostly harlequins, unfortunately and many released outside to continue their dominance over our native species!

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  • 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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