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RPA Nature Blog by Jenny Bourne

  • What is this life, if full of care.... butterflies and pond life

    Date posted: Monday 30th March 2020

    What is this life, if full of care.... butterflies and pond life

    This blog is going to focus only on all the positives – what’s going on in the natural world on and around our allotments site this early springtime. So many funny, witty, inventive, thought provoking and inspirational video posts on my WhatsApp from choir members and ex-colleagues, keeping spirits up through the first week and into the second of lockdown.

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  • Rainwater harvesting, love is in the pond, Slinky Malinky mark 2, blackbird bath and count the ladybirds

    Date posted: Wednesday 18th March 2020

    Rainwater harvesting, love is in the pond, Slinky Malinky mark 2, blackbird bath and count the ladybirds

    This dreadful and alarming covid-19 pandemic is taking up all the headlines; almost everyone is sensibly abiding by health experts’ guidelines and advice, but going up to our plots is something many of us are hoping we can continue to do. Out in the fresh air, keeping 2 metres distance from our fellow plotholders and rigorous hand washing regimes are now the order of the day.

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  • Frogspawn! Queen bumbles in the hellebores and Fascinating Aida

    Date posted: Tuesday 18th February 2020

    Frogspawn!  Queen bumbles in the hellebores and Fascinating Aida

    Very envious of Flora’s pond, containing several large glistening clumps of frogspawn yesterday! The frogspawn in my pond usually arrives around 17/18 February but so far this year it’s a no show for mine…

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  • The anzwer lies in the zoil....

    Date posted: Thursday 30th January 2020

    The anzwer lies in the zoil....

    Fans of ‘Beyond Our Ken’ will recall farmer Arthur Fallowfield’s (only) horticultural gems of wisdom: ‘Well, I think the answer lies in the soil’, in Kenneth Williams’ rich west country drawl! (Arthur Fallowfield, was based on Dorset farmer Ralph Wightman, who was a regular contributor to the BBC radio programme “Any Questions?”

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  • Happy New Year, 'Was haeil', apple tree wassail and new growth

    Date posted: Wednesday 8th January 2020

    Happy New Year, 'Was haeil', apple tree wassail and new growth

    A very Happy, Peaceful and Fruitful New Year to you all and ‘Waes haeil’!

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  • It's that kestrel again! Christmas Cafe, birds, mistletoe and season's greetings

    Date posted: Wednesday 18th December 2019

    It's that kestrel again!  Christmas Cafe, birds, mistletoe and season's greetings

    Trish and Peter took this sharp photo of ‘our’ resident kestrel, after the Christmas Café last Sunday, when we enjoyed mulled wine, mince pies and a morning of mild, warm sun, after days of rain!

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  • Fruit tree conservation group, wasps nest, mystery intruder, kestrel again!

    Date posted: Wednesday 27th November 2019

    Fruit tree conservation group, wasps nest, mystery intruder, kestrel again!

    There are some old fruit trees, apple and pear, in the wildlife area and Ruth’s organised a group – Conservation Fruit Trees, to bring them back to good health and maintenance. A group of us went up on Sunday, to have a look at the trees from the beehive area side (apples had been dropping onto a hive under the old Bramley).

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  • Kestrel Central and a frosty Monday morning

    Date posted: Wednesday 20th November 2019

    Kestrel Central and a frosty Monday morning

    Dave took a video and this splendid shot of a kestrel perched on the compost toilet pipe. There have been several sightings of what appears to be a juvenile kestrel around the site over the past few months, often apparently unperturbed by our proximity.

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  • Bees, Autumn webs, indigo, frog, let's hear it for ivy! and chiffchaffs

    Date posted: Wednesday 2nd October 2019

    Bees, Autumn webs, indigo, frog, let's hear it for ivy! and chiffchaffs

    The bees are making the most of the sun when it comes out between the heavy rains – yesterday the heavens opened in a torrential downpour with thunder and lightning over Richmond Station.

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  • Exciting news - Brown Hairstreak butterfly seen

    Date posted: Monday 23rd September 2019

    Exciting news - Brown Hairstreak butterfly seen

    A very exciting piece of RPA wildlife news from last month – a sighting of a brown hairstreak feeding on garlic chives on 25 August, by Jon and Carol! To our knowledge this is the first time a brown hairstreak butterfly has been seen on the RPA site.

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  • Sandbath time, wasps and ants nests, September flowers and sunsets

    Date posted: Tuesday 10th September 2019

    Sandbath time, wasps and ants nests, September flowers and sunsets

    Enjoying a coffee at Sunday’s Café in the warm sun when keen birders shouted out, ‘Jenny!’ and there was this juvenile kestrel having a good old sand bath wallow in the dry, dusty path not far off from where we were all sitting. Naturally, as soon as I managed to get the camera out it began to take flight, but I love this waddly stance – not a brilliant photo but you get the picture!

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