Category Archives: wildlife

Mainly local wildlife observations

Two Cardiff Statues

Both on pedestrianised streets near to the castle, the first is lovely and has a strange semi-hidden message which I am struggling to decipher.  Its called ‘Mother and Son’, in English, or ‘Mam a Mab’ in Welsh, and was placed … Continue reading

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Kingley Vale, Komodo Dragon and a Druid

Way back on the 12th March four of us set out for an ancient yew woodland just north east of Chichester.  Arrived at the car park at 10.30 and walked beside a few fields to arrive at the National Nature … Continue reading

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There goes the neighbourhood.

Two of the last three mature elms lost on the Upper Lewes Road.  OK, so Dutch Elm disease was spotted last year, but the Council’s tree surgeons simply cut off all the boughs leaving the trunk.  The plan was it … Continue reading

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From Halva to London Pride

There was halva in the kitchen.  Wanting to stay within my carbohydrate counted diet I read the contents.  Far too many carbs for more than a crumb, but I noticed ‘extract of Saponaria officinalis’ – whatever can that be? Soapwort is … Continue reading

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Birds and more birds

Just a few days after Christmas we put food out for the birds and were rewarded far more than is usual.  A flock of about 20 house sparrows arrived.  At one point five were trying to bathe in a bowl … Continue reading

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Smaller allotment undergoes big changes

We finally got a new agreement from the Council for a new smaller allotment.  We are keeping the northern end of the old plot, now designated 4B.  In order to get more growing space we are removing two ash trees … Continue reading

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RoBEERt Stephenson

I received a letter a few days ago on which my name was mis-spelt.  It said Robeert.  I rather liked that, a celebration of beer and my name.  Seemed truthful and amusing at once. But when I looked closer I … Continue reading

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