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Neglected by people, valuable to nature
Brownfield land refers to those places that humans have developed but then left to ruin. While they might look far from ideal habitat, many species thrive here in people’s absence. There are examples everywhere and I’m sure you can think of a derelict building nearby with weeds and fast...
1 May 2013
Monday's magic moment: springtime underwater
I was reminded by a soft splash in my garden pond that the spring is here for our aquatic wildlife too. Frogs, toads and fish like these minnows ( Phoxinus phoxinus ) are all using our fresh water habitats to breed, although probably not in the same places, frog spawn tends to get eaten when there...
29 Apr 2013
Monday's magic moment: cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo...
They're back! Yes, that's right, cuckoos are definitely back in the UK - I heard at least three over the weekend. Did you hear any? Why not let me know by leaving a comment below... So to celebrate the arrival of cuckoos, spring and a whole host of other migrant birds this weekend, here's...
22 Apr 2013
You've come from where?
I think (hope?) I'm safe to say that spring is finally here, and as I alluded to last month one thing is for certain - whatever the weather, birds are building nests and pairing up. And while some of those birds have weathered winter with us, some are only now just landing on our shore. And...
16 Apr 2013
Migrants are on their way!
'Yeah, yeah,' I hear you say, 'this spring will never arrive.' But it's true that our summer migrant birds are on their way - I've seen them with my own eyes! Just before Easter I was lucky enough to spend a week at the Strait of Gibraltar Bird Observatory , which is run by...
12 Apr 2013
Monday's Magic Moment: is this really it?
It's taken a while this year, but I've finally seen my first butterfly of the year - a smashing brimstone which hurtled past on Saturday afternoon. With a chiffchaff singing nearby, it's finally started to feel like spring may be here (but don't hold your breath...). This lovely photo...
8 Apr 2013
The best view for miles around
Over the Easter weekend I got a chance to talk to the people who man the brand new watch tower - Rossall Point - on Fleetwood promenade. The whole of my life this site has been taken up by an uninspired lump of concrete going through bouts of dereliction, so it was really fantastic to see it knocked...
5 Apr 2013
Monday's Magic Moment: weather takes a tern for the better?
I've seen two of these summer migrants recently, one near Brighton, looking very sorry to have made the trip. It was perched next to a brackish pond on a freezing blustery day. The other, was near Blackpool in a bit of sunshine a week later. What are the chances it's the same one? These...
2 Apr 2013
Monday's Magic Moment: are we nearly there yet?
Yesterday I think I managed to experience all the seasons in one day - there was a bit of snow, some very persistent rain, patchy fog, and the sun even shone through for a couple of glorious hours! It was hard to know whether to wrap up warm, or be thinking about putting away my winter coat for the year...
18 Mar 2013
Pairs and goldeneyes!
At the local dam the other day, we saw a small group of both male and female goldeneyes. I've never seen these here before, so happy! Especially to see the males displaying, throwing their heads back and quacking and everything, it was really good. Also recently the garden has had 7 robins and Mum...
22 Feb 2013
Spring is definitely here!
Lovely to see some early signs of Spring yesterday (between showers!): All under the watchful eye of Mum: Please note: all of the above shots are crops from photos taken with a long lens. At no time were the ducklings disturbed or the parents distressed. Enjoy! RoyC
14 Apr 2012
Re: 2012 SUMMER MIGRANT ARRIVAL DATES
Had sand martins over the Lodge on Tuesday (3 April) and first swallow of the year at Fowlmere last Thursday (29 March). Still waiting for house martins of the hirundines...Willow warbler singing at Marston Moretaine county park on Sunday (1 April) Don't forget to report them via Birdtrack , Natures...
5 Apr 2012
Sites for spring sightings
With spring bursting into life all around us at the moment I thought it would be an opportune moment to show you some of the ways to record the sightings you are making whilst out and about enjoying this brilliant season! Spring Alive - This website run by the Birdlife International in partnership...
23 Mar 2012
Snowdrops and crocuses
Have you seen them yet? If not, get out and about and have a look, there are some great blooms already in many parks and gardens so the woodland sites known for snowdrops would be well worth checking out soon. If you have them in your garden then we would love to see them, please post your pictures...
26 Jan 2012
Re: Winter activity in ponds
Hopefully if we do get a harsh spell it won't catch too many amphibians out, although the mild winter is likely to encourage early spawning. If you do spy some early spawn, report it via the Natures Calendar site linked here . Just had a look at this yeards records for frog spawn and there are...
9 Jan 2012
Re: Whilst Snapping These I Was Being Mobbed By These
St Marks flies seem to be a favourite for blackbirds at the moment having just seen a female gathering a beak full before heading off to feed some hungry chicks. With the dry ground, worms must be pretty much off the menu at the moment so the dangly legged St Marks flies are most welcome from that point...
26 Apr 2011
Re: Shrubby honeysuckle
Just a quick pic post to show one of the bees enjoying the shrubby honeysuckle last week!
28 Feb 2011
Re: my garden
since the last post i saw two female blackbirds in my garden so it looks like i have two pairs of backbird here the same as last year today i have frog spawn in my remade pond the one nearest to my house more activeties from the magpies going to and fro to last years nest i can see from my house back...
20 Feb 2011
Planted the tulips (mauve and orange) and Allium last year so first flowering and so pleased as they pick up the Ceanothis and chive flower colours around the garden.
6 Jun 2010
Goldfinch dining on dandelion seeds.
Spring 2010. Taken in my urban garden in Wistaston, Crewe this goldfinch was doing a good job of preventing the dandelion seeds from spreading and taking root.
12 May 2010
Regular visitor who perches on the large feeding station, (unused rotary clothes line), and surveys his estate.
12 May 2010
Taken at the RSPB Newtport Wetlands.
3 May 2010
MINIATURE IRIS IN SPRING
These were so colourful in early spring, when we were ready for something to brighten our days and see the end of winter.
13 Aug 2009
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