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I'm calling for a riot, a riot of colour!
Wasn't the weekend glorious? Saturday was the first day this year I was able to get outdoors and tart-up my garden. I cut the grass, forked over borders, gathered up fallen leaves, cleared old growth, sowed some seeds and enjoyed coming across some of the things that share this space. There was...
22 Apr 2013
Making Room for Wildlife in the Centre of London - Guest blog
Dr. Michael Short is a Southwark resident, living within a few minutes walk of Mayor Boris Johnson's City Hall HQ, in the shadow of Tower Bridge. Like many Londoners, he cares about his community and the changes being done to it . Changes which all too often, forget what's there already, especially...
27 Mar 2013
Mighty oaks from tiny acorns and all that
A dwarf daff is not a mighty oak. The one I'm talking about has bright yellow petals, which stand out proudly against the hard grey landscaping of our street. Best of all, the sight of some of these tiny flowers makes me smile. I helped do that. Some of my neighbours organised the planting...
18 Mar 2013
My daughters laugh at me. Openly. I've checked my flies and they're closed; there's no spinach stuck between my teeth and no one drew a moustache on me whilst I dozed in my chair. So, I was forced to ask, 'what's so funny?' It's when I start to talk about nature and...
8 Mar 2013
The successful development of the Thames Estuary is our birthright. That was the assertion of the Rt Hon Eric Pickles, above, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The Banner behind him reads 'Greater Thames' and he was speaking at the official launch of our Futurescape...
28 Feb 2013
What goes round...
My day started with a real bang the other morning, when my bike tyre exploded. Everyone stared, wondering if it had been a gunshot. Forced to find another way in to work, I took full advatage of being on the bus and tube with commuters to eavesdrop ... and the conversation was not typical for a grey...
15 Feb 2013
Finding our wings
After noting the few birds in my own garden for last weekend's Birdwatch I'd developed an itch for something more adventurous, so the opportunity to scratch that itch was like finding a scrunched-up ten pound note in a coat pocket. Courtesy of the Gardening Leave charity, I joined a group...
29 Jan 2013
A worthwhile year
The Christmas dinner leftovers have been eaten and the overflowing recycling box collected, drawing a line under the festive excesses. Last year, my youngest daughter still played with the empty cardboard boxes her presents had arrived in. At one point this year she did hurl into the air the corn...
4 Jan 2013
Cockney Sparrow Count success
Dig out the bunting and buy the ingredients for a celebratory cake, it may soon be time to party. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our 2012 house sparrow survey , updating one completed in 2002. We asked you to tell us where sparrows live in London so we could compare the findings...
29 Nov 2012
Cygnet in Hyde Park
Taken at Hyde Park in August 2011, this beautiful Cygnet followed me around and kept falling asleep every so often! A beautiful chap!
26 Feb 2012
These seed and fat feeders were easily made by a Year 2 group with minimum supervision. There are plenty of other activities
4 Nov 2009
Big Schools' Birdwatch
This was taken on an outing with Surrey Square Infants in Southwark, just off London's Old Kent Road. The class were filmed for the Teachers TV feature on running a school's birdwatch: http://www.teachers.tv/video/36639
4 Nov 2009
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