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December Flowers and Silent Spring
As the sun was shining and the skies were blue this morning, a welcome change after the grey skies of late, I had a meander around Radipole to see if there were any flowers still out. The first late flowers I came aross were several Hogweed plants, Their usual flowering time is high summer in July and...
7 Dec 2012
For a few nights in the run-up to the recent flood, whenever the weather looked suitable we set up the moth trap in the back garden, which is very close to the Radipole reserve. Some nights were more productive than others, depending on the weather, but a couple of attempts gave us a few interesting...
15 Jul 2012
Phenology - The Recording of Natural Events
In my flower blog last week I mentioned that the flowering blackthorn was recorded on the phenology website. Phenology is the study and recording the timing of natural events such as budburst, first flowering, fruiting, autumn leaf fall, hibernation, migration of birds, first songs, nesting, first butterflies...
3 Feb 2012
A Labour of Love.
The management of verges which flank the footpaths on Radipole is the biggest single summer-long pursuit for reserve staff and volunteers. Quite understandably from certain perspectives it is a fairly contentious issue. The sight of ‘conservationists’ cutting what is in most cases indigenous...
5 Jun 2011
Fungi, flowers, fork tongues and frustration.
It is now, quite incredibly, (and scarily) 10 years that I have been associated with these wonderful reserves in Weymouth and I never feel less than proud to be involved with the ongoing works here. The recent bittern action, kingfisher antics and the repeated marsh harrier success' are fairly obvious...
2 Apr 2011
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