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Saturday, March 18th, 2017 | Author:

Daylight is increasing, temperatures and sap rising, and amphibious activity abounds ….

frog images courtesy of Eoin Daly


and Spring as seen from the Shady Place

a welcome return for green shoots and a blue sky


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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, March 29th, 2009 | Author:

Work started at today’s working party on the new pond on site and it seems that quite a bit of the local wildlife has already moved in. Several newts were spotted in the new pond, in addition to the pond skater seen on the surface. As we were digging and using the soil to level footpaths and fill in other holes this small frog was also found in the grass.

I know they say that nature will often be quick to colonise new ponds, but I didn’t think it would be this quick!
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Sunday, May 27th, 2007 | Author:

First thanks to Sam for the previous photos. Like dancing pandas, things only seem to appear when I turn my back.
On site on a very wet Sunday to look at things……
and I always have to remind myself that this patch of tranquillity is only 10 minutes walk from the city centre.

It’s taking a lot of effort to create the seasonal pond………….

and it will be a particularly attractive feature, believe me!

No more suggestions for the shape though, it’s supposed to look natural.

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