Category Archives: wildlife

Mainly local wildlife observations

Winter rains

Jackie measures our rainfall every month with a cunningly designed PET fizzy drink bottle rain holder and funnel.  December was a wet month with 113mm of rain in our gauge.  That is not exceptionally large – the average for the … Continue reading

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Bluetit at the window

Since about the first week of December 17 a single bluetit has been visiting our kitchen window, sitting on the sill and tapping the glass with its beak, and flying up the face of the glass, tapping as it rises.  … Continue reading

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Islander by Patrick Barkham

Back on the 11th November I went to Shoreham for the AGM of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, and bought a copy of the guest speaker’s new book – Islander.  In it he tells wildlife, human and literary stories gathered and … Continue reading

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Garden plants, a compass and nipples.

Nothing rude, honest – just seeking your attention.  There is a big pale green 4 feet tall weed in the back garden.  I was cutting some of it away to give more room for the rose and the sweet smelling … Continue reading

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What is the word for ‘Hatred of Trees’?

Last year we suffered from what seemed to be intentional stout boot kicking of tree trunks to loosen bark, followed by the removal of bark strips.  The Council responded by wrapping trees with a tough wire mesh.  I thought the … Continue reading

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Day trip to Beachy Head and Eastbourne

We took a bus to Eastbourne, the 13X which goes across the Country Park of Seven Sisters.  Got off at Beachy Head, high on the chalk overlooking the English Channel, and, as we walked east, Eastbourne itself.  Beautiful sunny day … Continue reading

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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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