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Sunday, January 25th, 2015 | Author:

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Big garden birdwatch!

Little egret and water rail seen behind the ageing willow.

Don’t believe me?

Here’s the water rail at least ….

wwa rail

An elusive creature, more easily spotted in winter.

This is the first time I’ve managed to get a shot of one.


(and not with a telephone!)

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Saturday, July 12th, 2014 | Author:

The site has just about recovered from the deluge.

Here are a couple of close encounters during recent site clearance activity:


the larva of a cinnabar moth feeding on ragwort





butterfly ringlet

        ringlet butterfly during a brief rest in flight





butterfly skipper     a skipper basking in the sun







And this was all under water a few months ago!

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Sunday, May 12th, 2013 | Author:

Our site updates have been notable by their absence so far this year, but here’s a reminder of the view over the mere.

This photo taken in April, (and really is only a ten minute walk from the city centre!) ……..















and a colourful creature that only the most tolerant gardener would like to see …..










… a vine weevil on the stalk of our spring flowering fritillary…






















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Friday, March 16th, 2012 | Author:

The leylandii have gone, distant houses are now visible, and a pair of canada geese drop in to survey the scene…

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Friday, January 20th, 2012 | Author:














9 ring necked parakeets on site today.

They’re always there and few native species seems to worry them.

Until a sparrowhawk flew over that is, then they went into an extreme panic.

Not quite as dominant as we thought they were then. . . .

some fly-bys:







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Saturday, June 19th, 2010 | Author:


by coincidence I was on site Thursday morning and also happened upon the damselflies

the rather disappointingly named common blue damselfy.
Most of the time, I have no idea what I’ve seen until I get home,
view the photograph, then refer to my ever-to-hand nature guide book.

a blue-tailed damselfy, according to the book.

look closely, this great tit has got his prized sunflower heart.

in a conventional pose, the ever wonderful bullfinch.

the hovering bullfinch!
I was lucky with this one, the colour’s a bit off, but I enjoyed the moment.

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Friday, April 30th, 2010 | Author:

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Friday, April 23rd, 2010 | Author:

my first visit for a while, too long really.
I was plagued by foliage getting in the way of my “perfect” shots, also unwanted branches.
We could also blame the creatures themselves, they don’t want to be pestered do they?

here a wren tries to hide under a leaf -and nearly succeeds.

it’s time to say “aah” as the ever present blue tits pose for us.

among the leaves, again.

the fritillaries on show again, though with some frost damage.
I managed to hide those to the rear of this shot, they appear lighter.

a peacock butterfly suns itself on a log heap, after all the cold, it’s nice to see some beneficial sunshine.
Also seen, orange tip and speckled wood.

I saw a male mallard chase away a duckling earlier, the female seems to tolerate him still.
He’s a bit of a mongrel, a bit dull. He may grow up to be a she, we’ll see.
Anyway he has found the surplus seeds below the feeders, so he should survive OK.

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Sunday, March 28th, 2010 | Author:

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Thursday, February 11th, 2010 | Author:

Sightings board for January

Bullrushes standing out more in winter

Tree as sculpture
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