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This weekend...spot a shark
If you didn’t know it’s a bank holiday weekend where have you been? We get an extra day to enjoy nature. Or that’s how I see it, anyway. What shall we do with the extra day? How about spot a shark? If the weather’s nice (fingers crossed!) then a trip to the seaside is on the...
24 Aug 2012
This weekend...life in the slow lane
With results from our recent Make Your Nature Count garden wildlife survey suggesting that as many as one in 10 of you have slow worms in your garden , why not get to know them a bit better this weekend? As Maurice recently pointed out on this very blog, there is nothing to fear from these legless...
17 Aug 2012
This weekend...no training, stadiums or lycra required!
As the Olympics swing into action, another big event is on the final straight. And this one doesn’t require years of training, a specially built arena or donning lycra! Pick a spot, any spot Our friends over at Butterfly Conservation are running their Big Butterfly Count . Everything you...
27 Jul 2012
This weekend...catch a performance from the masters of the night sky
As cinema-goers get excited about the latest Batman movie ( looks good , doesn't it?), spare a thought for the mammalian creature that provides inspiration for Bruce Wayne's alter ego. Sadly, bat numbers are on the slide and these furry masters of our night sky are in need of a little helping...
20 Jul 2012
This weekend... plan a pond
This weekend, how about planning a life-enhancing, wildlife-friendly addition to your garden or balcony? Think about creating a pond . With a typical British summer ahead, now's the time to install water butts to collect pond-friendly rainwater (if you haven't already) and take the plunge...
13 Jul 2012
This weekend...spot a swift
Swifts . They’re the screeching, scythe-shaped, signs of summer, with a sky-high lifecycle that almost defies belief. But they’re in trouble. There is now just one swift for every three that graced our skies back in 1995. That’s bad isn’t it? To be honest, no one really...
6 Jul 2012
This weekend:...if you go down to the woods...
...today, or even this weekend, it might not quite be a big surprise, but how about we all get out and celebrate the UK’s woodlands? It doesn’t have to be to a big day out, maybe just an afternoon stroll. But there’s plenty of good places in the UK, and they’re all different...
29 Jun 2012
This weekend... it's Moth Night
Did you know it's Moth Night - a celebration of the UK's moths and learning more about them. As you can see from the photo above (pine, elephant, eyed and poplar hawkmoths that came to my garden on Tuesday night), they aren't all boring - far from it. They come in a weird and wonderful...
22 Jun 2012
This weekend...enjoy some easy insect spotting
If you've been watching BBC Springwatch this week you'll know that we've hit the end of the road as far as the live programmes go. But, that doesn't have to spell the end of your nature adventure. The creature I'm going to suggest you get out and enjoy this weekend enjoys quite...
14 Jun 2012
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