Category Archives: Wildlife

#WildWednesday – The long and the short of it

This year’s winner, at least in my own counting for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch (end of January), was the Long-tailed tit, Aegithalos caudatus. They also happen to be my favourite of our regular visiting birds. Long-tailed tits are a … Continue reading

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#Wild Wednesday: I spy … a Stonechat

On one of my daily walks this week I noticed an unusual bird in a row of ash trees planted alongside the road. It was hopping from tree to tree, always just ahead of me, rather like a robin would … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – An ominous quietude at the bird feeders

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Flashes of brilliance – The Jersey Tiger Moth

A few weeks ago my son spotted and snapped a photo of a Jersey Tiger moth on the side of our house. It was the first time we’d ever heard or seen one. Butterfly Conservation list the Jersey Tiger Moth … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday – Gutted and glutted

08/08/2020 The mercury in our greenhouse thermometer is practically bursting out of its tube! It’s hot, it’s clammy and it’s Six on Saturday time again, so I am joining The Propagator with six gardening vignettes to share for his weekly … Continue reading

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Wildlife Wednesday – A slice of life at the Marjoram Cafe

I have Sweet Marjoram growing in several places in the garden and I am particularly fond of its golden form: Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’, which looks good for months on end. It glows cheerfully from the time it pushes out the … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – A Woodpecker and a Chaffinch walk into a bar …

 

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Wildlife Wednesday – Knapweed Magnetism

Over the years I have noticed that knapweed is as attractive as thistles to winged insects. It has similar shaped flowers and is a similar colour, but thank goodness it is a lot less prickly than thistles. So I’ve happily … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – A bright new visitor

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Wildlife Wednesday – Looking after Baby

Many people have commented that Lockdown is resulting in perfect, crystal clear skies and a tranquil, traffic-lite soundtrack to outdoor activities. So, is it just me imagining it or is nature also getting rowdier? I guess there have been plenty … Continue reading

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