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Thursday, November 17th, 2011 | Author:

Thursday November 17th


and the marsh marigold is in flower.


Normally the first sign of spring, the continuing mild weather is responsible for the appearance of these yellow flowers in the mere.

and a recent contribution from Derrick Davies …..

‘you can’t blame it on the wasps’


these colourful and noisy creatures are becoming regular visitors. Love ’em or loath ’em…?


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Thursday, October 20th, 2011 | Author:

This is the longest centipede I have ever seen! On an elder stump …. must have been 50 – 75mm long when stretched out .. and unusual sight  as they’re generally nocturnal


I think I’ll adopt it as my

Signature photo!


and at last a shot of the heron in flight, but almost missed it…

Friday, October 14th, 2011 | Author:


 – 10 days left to vote for the WWA

on the natwest community awards scheme……


Sunday, October 09th, 2011 | Author:

Meg has spotted the kingfisher! It may be fuzzy, but unmistakeable resting on a suitable perch over the mere ……


and our old friends the parakeet and heron, keeping an eye on things….


and don’t forget … vote for us at

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Tuesday, October 04th, 2011 | Author:

Common English Alder – alnus glutinosa

male (the long thin ones) and female catkins on the recently planted trees….


and whirligig beetles (gyrinidae) in the boggy area:



….. alarm these little chaps and they swim around rapidly in circles, click  whirligig below for live action!



Sunday, October 02nd, 2011 | Author:

It’s a typically pleasant view, spot the heron….

In the willow top right:

 and lurking in the backwater……


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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 | Author:

Monday morning: new family makes the overland trip to see the willow sculpture

Sunday, March 06th, 2011 | Author:

mallard starting to get in the mood for spring  …… the daffodil have appeared …..


a heron makes a fly-past ….


and the mallard takes a dive….

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Sunday, February 27th, 2011 | Author:

view over the mere, through the rain

Sunday morning, the rain has come,  the maintenance crew have had their monthly exercise and left for home and a well-earned rest.  Here’s a view through the rain, over the mere, from the birdhide.

Appearing between the two willow trees is our willow sculpture, at an early stage and forming  one of a series of temporary installations  to be created around St Albans during February and March.

……. and as seen from the Albanway cyclepath, under construction. What is it?  Rotary washing line, organic satellite dish ?  You may well ask   …  more details to be provided in our next newsletter.

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Monday, December 20th, 2010 | Author:

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from the Watercress Wildlife Association ………..

and could this be evidence of someone who should have used the main gate ……?

Stick to dry land in the future, even if it is covered with snow !