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11:33am Monday 2nd December 2013
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Nature Notes: "It was interesting to note while watching the service from the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday that trees lining Whitehall were still, apart from the odd falling leaf, virtually fully leaved."
8:35am Monday 11th November 2013
Initially using the earth's magnetic field and stellar guides to locate rivers, chemical scent and taste receptors then take over allowing fish to invariably remember and detect rivers of their birth.
8:30am Monday 11th November 2013
12:19pm Monday 28th October 2013
Nature Notes: To see the huge population in Richmond park taking off en-masse and flying in noisy swirling flocks is fascinating enough but to watch their eating habits is even more absorbing and frankly amusing.
11:19am Monday 21st October 2013
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9:59am Monday 24th June 2013
10:33am Monday 17th June 2013
Down on the Thames at Kingston, large mayflies, are known at this stage as sub-adults or duns, lift off the water with weak fluttering flight. Their aim is to reach bank-size vegetation where they can shed their skins for a final time to become perfect adult insects called ‘spinners’.
9:40am Monday 10th June 2013
Dragonflies first appeared on earth almost four hundred million years ago. Evolving before dinosaurs they are of course still with us today, almost uuchanged except for the fact that all those years ago their wingspans measured nearly two feet!
10:08am Monday 3rd June 2013
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9:25am Monday 29th April 2013
Come 1st May I scan the skies for telltale glimpse of sickle wings, those joyful screaming cries; glad to welcome them once more to England green and dear, for summer never can begin for me until they're here.
9:26am Monday 22nd April 2013
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9:43am Monday 25th March 2013
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9:37am Monday 4th March 2013
Directly after Christmas I like to fill the house with vases of daffodils, flowers so cheap and ultra cheerful that help banish the winter blues. On recent bleak, cold sunless days when even the birds had stopped singing the bright yellow blooms were a sure sign that spring was on the way.
9:52am Monday 25th February 2013
9:53am Monday 18th February 2013
9:33am Monday 11th February 2013
The first of February dawned miserable and wet. However, spot on time at 5am the local songthrush began his morning recital. Every day he is only just audible perched tantalisingly three hundred metres away on a tall spindly pine tree.
9:20am Monday 4th February 2013
9:54am Monday 28th January 2013
10:29am Monday 21st January 2013
It seems hard to believe now but over Christmas and the new year we enjoyed a period of unseasonally mild, if wet weather. Fooled into believing that spring had arrived early, some creatures began to stir from their winter quarters.
11:47am Monday 14th January 2013
2:42pm Wednesday 9th January 2013
Compared with previous years, the number and variety of birds visiting my garden is extremely disappointing. My feeders remain untouched for long periods with just one pair each of blue and great tits,the occasional coal tit,plus two feisty robins and a dunnock.Below the feeders patrol a pair of woodpigeons, two stockdoves, a male blackbird and maybe a wren.
8:20am Monday 7th January 2013
8:10am Monday 31st December 2012