Thursday 25 February 2016
Saturday 20 February 2016
Thirty or more gulls were lined up on the rails in the lake in the Loder valley, Wakehurst Place, (http://www.kew.org/visit-wakehurst) last week. Most look like black-headed gulls in various stages of transformation to their summer black headed plumage. They have red legs.
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A large herd of Roe deer were in an adjacent meadow.
Thursday 18 February 2016
Tuesday 9 February 2016
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Sunday 7 February 2016
The Friends of Wolstonbury Hill were clearing scrub and an ash grove on the hill last week when a toad appeared.
Common Toads are amphibians, breeding in ponds during the spring and spending much of the rest of the year feeding on dry land in woodland, gardens, hedgerows and tussocky grassland. Common Toads breed in larger, deeper ponds than Common Frogs. They are famous for their mass migrations back to their breeding ponds on the first warm, damp evenings of the year, often around St. Valentine's Day. Source: http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/species/common-toad
Friday 5 February 2016
Visit http://www.wolstonbury.com/ to appreciate this beautiful hill, which needs to be maintained by cattle, sheep and human volunteers. Here you can see what fun it can be to clear brambles, briers, ash and other seedlings and have a really hot bonfire. Tea, coffee and biscuits also provided
See also https://www.facebook.com/peter.lovett.18 for video of this fun and exhausting day. It is a most satisfying sense of exhaustion knowing that we just might have created yet another site for fabulous native orchids in the years to come.
Thursday 4 February 2016
The Blackcap is distinctive greyish warbler, the male has a black cap, and the female a chestnut one. Its delightful fluting song has earned it the name 'northern nightingale'. Although primarily a summer visitor birds from Germany and north-east Europe are increasingly spending the winter in the UK:
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