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Thursday 28 March 2013

Talk on The American Revolutionary War, 1775-1783.

From a trip to the USA last spring, where I took very many historical photographs, I have now completed an illustrated talk on the American Revolutionary War.  
Thomas Hutchinson, was Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the years leading up to the revolution. His house was sacked by a mob in 1765.
After the Seven Years War (explained graphically in this talk), known in North America as the French and Indian war, Britain wanted the colonies to pay for their own defence. The radical politician, Samuel Adams (picture from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts) above, petitioned King George III with the reasonable request that there be no taxation without representation. George III was unyielding and the relations between the American colonies and the British government gradually deteriorated into war.
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Sunday 24 March 2013

Dog's Mercury male flowers opening now in Bluntswood and Paiges Meadow Nature reserve.

Despite the freezing weather, Dog's Mercury male flowers are beginning to open now.
The sexes are on separate plants.  They are all males in these photo's.

These pictures were taken in Bluntswood, Haywards Heath, which would be an even more delightful place if irresponsible dog owners were to keep their dogs on leads and pick up their excrement.

Tuesday 5 March 2013

A Walk around Wolstonbury hill; Early-purple orchids emerging.

With such sunny weather today, a stroll up Wolstonbury hill was a joy.
Cuckoo-pint or Lords-and-Ladies, Arum maculatum is pushing up everywhere as is wild garlic.
However, the most exciting plant to see was an emerging Early-purple Orchid, below.

Orchis mascula, emerging from the earth.
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Monday 4 March 2013

Badger activity in a Sussex wood today

There is an animal track going under the fence in this picture.

Hair caught on the barbed wire suggests that it is a badger track.

It looks like badger hair to me.

The badgers have been busy expanding this sett.

From this sett the bedding has been changed.  The old bedding is strewn everywhere.
This was a great day to be in the woods.
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